McCulloch, Charles

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McCulloch Post, Grand Army of the Republic, in Berne, NY is named in his honor.<br.>Photo by permission of Morrisville State College Library, Morrisville, NY


Charles was born in the Town of New Scotland on May 31, 1831, a son of Charles McCulloch and Hannah DeLong. He had two known siblings:

Marriage & Children

Charles married Mary A. De Byers on June 16, 1854 at Indianapolis, IN[1]. They had two daughters:

  • Emma Jane McCulloch b. March 26, 1855 at Coeymans [1]married Walter P. Sweeney on March 7, 1877
  • Catherine "Kitty" Amelia McCulloch b. January 10, 1858, probably also at Coeymans[1] married Henry R. Center on April 17, 1879


In 1860 he and his wife were in Albany, Albany, NY where he operated a saloon.[2] "Previous to going off with the 113th he kept a restaurant and fish market in Washington avenue."[3]

Military Service

Name: Charles McCulloch
Enlistment Date: 11 Aug 1862
Enlistment Place: Albany, New York
Enlistment Rank: Captain
State Served: New York
Regiment: 7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery
Company: Company D
Promotion Date: 8 Sept 1862, with rank from 11 Aug 1862
Promotion Rank: Captain
Killed: 19 May 1864
Place of Death: Spotsylvania Harris House, VA
Additional Remarks: Charles enlisted at age 31.
Sources Used:, American Civil War Soldiers; Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of New York for the year 1898

ADDITIONAL: Charles' wife, Mary and their children went to Washington, DC when Charles left for his tour of service. The first two years of his service were spent defending the area around Washington, DC. Mary immediately began volunteering nursing. She served as a nurse until shortly after Charles' death when she had to support and maintain her family alone. She never remarried and they never returned to the Albany, NY area.


Charles died on May 19, 1864 in the final engagement of the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.[4] He died in the farmhouse on the Harris farm, which had been converted into a field hospital. Charles was one of 2400 casulaties in the Battle of Spotsylvania.

Mary died on June 3, 1915 at Washington, DC


COMPLETE LIST OF KILLED AND WOUNDED IN THE SEVENTH HEAVY ARTILLERY.--Albany, like, many of her sister cities, is called upon to mourn the loss of a number of noble and gallant sons, whose lives were sacrificed in the recent battles. Among other regiments that has suffered greatly in the loss of men, is the 7th Heavy Artillery—better known as the 113th New York Volunteers—a regiment recruited in this city, and composed principally of Albanians. In the list of killed will be found the name of Captain Charles McCulloch. Capt. McC is a well known Albanian. Previous to going off with the 113th he kept a restaurant and fish market in Washington avenue. He raised the 9th Ward Company, of which he was made commandant.

Additional Research Notes

25 Jan 1890 he was honered by having the West Berne Post 645 of the G. A. R. (Grand Army of the Republic) named for him.

Additional Media

The images below are documents found in Mary's widow's pension file.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Civil War widow's pension file
  2. 1860 federal census