Finding Charles C. Tufts for my cousin Chuck (Charles K. Tufts)
Charles Crittenden Tufts was a Civil War soldier from
is buried at Vicksburg National Cemetery
in . My first cousin Hugh Tufts had
visited Vicksburg, Mississippi
and told his brother Chuck that a Charles Tufts was buried there. Charles C.
Tufts was the son of Thomas Tufts, Jr. of Vicksburg Brookfield,
Massachusetts and Gorham,
This branch of the Tufts family is a family of storied patriots and soldiers. Thomas Tufts, Jr.’s father, Thomas Tuffs (a common spelling of the name in this family), was a second Lieutenant in the Revolutionary War. Thomas’s father, John Tuffs, was from
where he had a family with Agnes Foote (of Scots-Irish descent). John’s history
before this is up to debate. Some say he was from Ireland and Scots-Irish,
while others relate him to the family of James Tufts (1670-1722) a descendant of James Tufts (1650-1675), the son of Peter, the common Tufts immigrant ancestor.
In his Kinsmen 2010 edition, Herb Adams relates how Dr. James Hayden Tufts (1862-1942), an eminent Professor of Philosophy at
claimed John Tuffs was from .
The story of John Tuffs ancestry may relate to the mystery of John Tufts from Ireland Windham,
New Hampshire and Belfast,
Maine. In the early 1700's there were several John Tufts and both theWindham John and Brookfield
John spelled their name Tuffs. If John of Brookfield was descended from James
(1670-1722), he came from good soldier stock. The first James was killed
in King Phillip’s War at the Battle of Bloody Brook (Deerfield Massachusetts). The second James served at Fort Saco in
the French and Indian War. There will be much more on this family. Maine
Charles C. Tufts was born in
in 1829 and grew up there with his nine brothers and sisters. In 1853, he
married Adelia(Roxie)Foster and they
settled in Illinois. The census of 1860 lists them as residents of Illinois in “Subdivision 17” of Before Charles went off to war in 1862, he and Roxie had
three girls: Adelia M., Flora A., and Mary E.
Charles enlisted in Company C,
114th Infantry Regiment on September 18, 1862. His unit went straight into the
action upon activation. According
Union Army, vol. 3 (from ancestry.com). Illinois
[This] regiment was organized in the months of July and August  and was mustered into the U.S. service at Camp Butler on September 18, 1862. Companies A and D were from Cass county [Illinois]; Companies B, C, E, G, H, and I were from Sangamon county; and Companies F and K were from from Menard County. On November 8, the regiment left Camp Butler, and arrived in Memphis, Tennessee, on the 16th. ...
On May 2, 1863 the regiment joined in the movement to the rear of Vicksburg; was engaged in the battle of Jackson, losing 5 men killed and wounded; arrived at the rear of Vicksburg on May 18 and participated in the siege, with a loss of 20 men in killed and wounded. On the surrender of Vicksburg [July 4, 1863], the regiment was ordered to move against the Confederate General Johnston, who retreated to Jackson Mississippi, and during the siege of [Jackson] the loss of the regiment in killed and wounded was 7 men. It was then ordered to Oak Ridge, Mississippi, and while doing picket duty there, [the regiment] had several skirmishes with the [Confederate] guerrillas, 1 man being killed and 2 men captured while on duty.
Charles C. Tufts mustered out in
on November 3, 1863 when he died of
disease (according to the record, he died of chronic dysentery). Vicksburg
I have found record of several Charles Tuftses. They include one from our home state of
New Hampshire, others from New York,
and even a Confederate soldier. Vermont
Charles H. Tufts was born in
on October 8, 1830 and was the
son of Zebulon and Abigail A. (Gage) Tufts. He married (second) Cambridge, Massachusetts Adelaide Wright on April 30, 1859 in Boston
and they lived in with her family in
1860 (from census). Charles H. Tufts enlisted
on August 20, 1862 as a wagoner. He served in Company E, 11th New Hampshire
Infantry Regiment. He mustered out on June 4, 1865 at Manchester,
New Hampshire .Charles
and Abigail had two children; Bion and Hattie. Eventually he and his
family moved to Alexandria, Virginia where he was a
painter. He died in Lawrence,
in 1886. Cambridge, Massachusetts
Charles H. Tufts’s family was from
. His father, Zebulon, was the
son of Jonathan, from Jonathan, James, James, Jonathan, and Peter the immigrant.
Much of the information in this story comes from records available at ancestry.com and Tufts Kinsmen 2010 by Herbert Adams and The Tufts Kinsmen Association available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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