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Civil War Soldiers - Walcutt

Walcutt, Charles C., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born at Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 12, 1838, son of John Macy and Mariel (Broderick) Walcutt (originally spelled Wolcott). He was educated in the public schools of his native city and at the Kentucky military institute, near Frankfort, Ky., where he was graduated in 1858. He then entered upon the avocation of civil engineering and was elected county surveyor of Franklin county, Ohio, in 1859. On the first call for troops in April, 1861, he raised a company of men, but Ohio's quota being full it was not accepted. In June, 1861, he was commissioned major and assigned to duty as inspector in West Virginia on the staff of Gen. Hill. In 1862 he was made colonel, and on July 30, 1864, was made brigadier-general of volunteers for bravery and especial gallantry at the battle of Atlanta, receiving the thanks of Gen. Blair for saving the 17th army corps. Gen. Walcutt's service was most of the time with Gen. Sherman, and he participated in all of the engagements of that command. He was wounded in the left shoulder at Shiloh and carried through life the bullet lodged there. He was at Vicksburg, Jackson, Miss., Missionary ridge, relief of Knoxville, Kennesaw mountain, Dallas, Burnt Hickory and Noonday creek. He was engaged in the battles of Ezra Church, Jonesboro and Lovejoy's Station, Ga., and was in command at the battle of Griswoldville, the most important on Sherman's march to the sea. Early in this action Gen. Walcutt was severely wounded by the explosion of a shell and from that time was compelled to be carried in a captured carriage. For special gallantry in this action he was made a major-general of volunteers by brevet. He was mustered out in Feb., 1866, and took charge of the Ohio penitentiary, but after remaining there a few months he was appointed and accepted a commission as lieutenant-colonel of the 10th U. S. cavalry. He remained in this service about six months, when he resigned and resumed the position of warden of the Ohio penitentiary. In this capacity he served until July 1, 1869, his executive ability being of great service, as the institution, formerly an expense to the state, was made more than self-supporting. In May, 1869, he was appointed U. S. collector of internal revenue, serving until July, 1883. In April, 1883, he was elected mayor of the city of Columbus and was reelected in 1885. In 1875 he was elected a member of the school board of Columbus, was its president for seven years and remained a member until the term of 1894. During this time he devoted himself to the building up and making efficient the public schools of the city, which owe to him much of their present high standard. Gen. Walcutt was chairman of the state Republican committee 1872-73, and contributed to the second election of Gen. Grant to the presidency. He was one of the Grant electors in 1868; was for a number of years a member and president of the Franklin county agricultural society; as a member of the Loyal Legion was senior vice-commander and one of the charter members of the Ohio commandery; and was a Knight Templar Mason. Gen. Walcutt died May 2, 1898.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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