Charles H. Olmstead

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Charles H. Olmstead (1837-1926), was an American Confederate Army officer and member of the 1st Georgia Infantry Regiment.[1]


Born in Savannah on April 2, 1837. Olmstead was appointed major on May 27, 1861.[2] In Battle of Fort Pulaski, after Georgia milita captured the fort on January 6, 1981, it was placed under the command of Olmstead. In November 1861, Olmstead had an estimated of 385 men and 48 cannons to protect it. By April 11, 1862, Olmstead had surrendered.[3] For several months, he was a prisoner.[4]

At the age of 29, he married to Florence. With his wife, he had raised three daughters, Susan, Sarah, and Florence. He had successful career in life insurance, shipping, and banking. Afterwards in New York City, he worked in the statistical department of Wanamaker's. In 1912 he wrote his Memoirs. He was 89 years old when he died in Savannah on August 17, 1926. Before his death he had wrote "I gratefully acknowledged that 'goodness and mercy' have followed me 'all the days of my life'".[5]


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  2. ^ Wiggins, David N. (2007). Georgia's Confederate sons, Volume 1. University of West Georgia Press. p. 10. 
  3. ^ Jones, Terry L. (2011). Historical Dictionary of the Civil War, Volume 1. Scarecrow Press. p. 526. 
  4. ^ Brown, Russel K. (2004). "Our Connection with Savannah": History of the First Battalion Georgia Sharpshooters, 1862-1865. Mercer University Press. p. 13. ISBN 9780865549166. 
  5. ^ Walker, Scott (2007). Hell's Broke Loose in Georgia: Survival in a Civil War Regiment. University of Georgia Press. p. 251.