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Watters, Charles A.

DEATH OF PRIVATE WATTERS.

During the service of nine months, [Fifteenth Regiment] Company E lost but one man—Private Charles A. Watters, who died from typhoid fever in the hospital at Ft. Washington, August 9, 1898. Private Watters had the distinction of being the only colored soldier enlisted in the Pennsylvania volunteer regiments. He was born in Liberty Township, Maryland, in 1860, and had been associated with Company E, Fifteenth Regiment, National Guard, since 1881.

The body of Private Watters was brought to his home in Butler and on August 12th was buried with military honors. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal Church, and that large auditorium could not hold half of the people who assembled to pay their respects to the dead soldier. All of the ministers in town were present and many from the country. The funeral pageant consisted of the Germania Band, A. G. Reed Post No. 105, G. A. R.; Camp 45, U. V. L.; Company G, Twenty-first Regiment National Guard ; ex-members of Company E, Fifteenth Regiment National Guard, and members of the Fire Department. He rests in the North Cemetery, on a beautiful hillside facing the Southland which he loved, and there awaits God's reveille when he shall answer the last roll call with his comrades in arms.

History of Butler Co PA 1927



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