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Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson


Records Of Members Of The Grand Army Of The Republic, William Ward

Headstone of Charles Fitzsimmons
Charles Fitzsimmons
IOOF Cemetery in Santa Cruz

CHARLES FITZSIMMONS was born at Belfast, Allegheny County, NY., February 25, 1843; has been a farmer; is at present an engineer. Enlisted in the 2d Minnesota Company of Sharpshooters, which became Company L of the 1st Minnesota Infantry, December 20, 1861, as a private. Was promoted to sergeant in 1863; was attached to 1st Brigade, 2d Division, 2d Army Corps; took part in the battles of Hanover Court House, Fair Oaks, Va., the Wilderness, Antietam, Gettysburg, Bristoe Station, Second Bull Run, Cold harbor, Spottsylvania, front of Petersburg, Weldon Railroad, and many lesser engagements; received a wound in left shoulder at Antietam; was honorably discharged, December 20, 1864. Comrade Fitzsimmons is a member of JF Reynolds Post GAR at Santa Cruz, Cal where he resides.

Santa Cruz Surf (January 13, 1902)

Death of Charles Fitzsimmons

Charles Fitzsimmons died yesterday afternoon at about three o'clock from heart failure. He had remarked during the day that he had felt better than he had for years. He had been out walking and returned to his home on Campbell St. and then went to the pantry to secure a glass which he wished to use in taking his medicine. On his way, death came and he fell to the floor.

Mr. Fitzsimmons is well known as one of our industrious and upright citizens and of late has followed his trade as carpenter. For a number of years he was on the police force and was at one time a driver on the old streetcar line. Together with his brother, L.D. Fitzsimmons, he served in the Union Army in some of the thickest fighting of the rebellion and is a member of Wallace Reynolds Post GAR.

He leaves a wife and daughter, Mrs. Eva Vogt. He was fifty-eight years old and a native of New York.

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