California Genealogy and History Archives
Civil War Veterans
DOUGLAS: Charles Dunbar Douglas, Civil War Veteran of Monterey County. California Column, 2nd California Infantry Company F. Cpt: Charles Dunbar Douglas was born in Stirling, Scotland in estimated 1835. His parents were Archibald W. and Anne (Maiden name McDougall) Douglas. The Douglas family came to the United States in 1853. Prior to the Civil War, young Charles Douglas took employment as a land surveyor for the Government, in 1858 he was a part of a 21 person party to cross the plains and acted as Captain of that party. After arriving in the Virginia City and Carson City area’s, he engaged In the field of mining. When the Civil War broke out, he joined the Union Army and was attached to the 2nd California Infantry, Company “F” as commanding officer with the rank of Captain, his service dates: enlisted out of Carson City, Nevada 9/14/1861 and mustered out in San Francisco 5/4/1866 with his company. He had commands at Fort Humboldt, Fort Gaston, and later Fort Wright. He had numerous combat encounters with the Apache. He was a member of Abraham Lincoln GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post # 1, based out of San Francisco and he was one of the founders of that post. For 24 years he was an Administrator/Inspector at the Customs House in San Francisco. His wife’s name was Ellen Joy and he had six children. His last known address was 1115 Seventh Street in Oak Grove, California. Captain Douglas died Monday in the afternoon at 3pm on May 5th, 1913 at his residence. Funeral Services were held at the San Carlos Presidio Church in Monterey. Captain Charles Dunbar Douglas is buried at the Presidio Cemetery on the Presidio of Monterey in Monterey, California.
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and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC