Born c.1838, Charles Travis was a schoolmaster in Whitehall, New York prior to the War. Charles enlisted in the Army
on the 1st May, 1861 and mustered into Co. C., 62nd NY by First Lieutenant William D. Ross on the 3rd July, 1861 as a Sergeant.
On the 31st August, 1861 he was transfered as a Private to Co. D. on Meridian Hill, Washington D.C. Charles was reinstated
as a Sergeant on the 1st October, 1861. He was transfered to Co. I on the 22nd November, 1861.
Charles H. Travis mustered out with the rank of Sergeant on the 29th June, 1864 at New York, NY.
If you read the letter by Chaplain John Harvey (link below) you will see that Charles Travis liked a joke and was
able to keep his cool in the most trying circumstances. It is also clear that his comrades referred to him as "Charley".
After contracting dysentery sometime in 1862, Charles H. Travis spent much of his service as a clerk in the Office
of Provost Marshal Marsena Patrick. He seems to have also been at one point assistant chaplain of the 62d NY. Charles Travis
was eventually blinded by the effects his illness.
After the War, Charles became a Methodist
minister. He married Jane Padgett of Alexandria, VA. Jane was the daughter of Mary and Joseph Padgett,
Joseph was the watchman at the Marshall House in Alexandria, who had warned the proprietor of that
House of Colonel Ellsworth famous "intrusion".
Jane Padgett was born October 15, 1844.
She passed away on October 24, 1869 in New York City. Her body was brought to Alexandria, Virginia,
Charles H. Travis is buried at Woodstock Cemetery, Ulster County, New York.
|Jane Travis' headstone
|Image courtesy of Deborah Padgett Gore