- Born: 1841, Oswego, New York
- Died: 26 Apr 1862, Newport News, Virginia at age 21
Noted events in his life were:
• Death: From Adjutant-General Report, 26 Apr 1862, Newport News, Virginia. Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of New York for the Year 1901. REgisers of the Eight-first, Eighty-second, Eighty-third, Eighty-fourth, Eighty-fifth, Eighty-sixth, and Eighty-seventh Regiments of Infantry. Transmitted to the Legislature January 7, 1902. J. B. Lyon Company, State Printers, Albany, NY.
GRAY, CHARLES.-Age, 20 years. Enlisted, September 16, 1861, at Oswego, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. E, September 30, 1861; transferred to Co.. D, February 6, 1862; died of typhoid fever, April 26, 1862, in hospital at Newport News, Va.
• Obituary: COMMERCIAL TIMES, Friday Evening, 2 May 1862, Oswego Town, Oswego, New York. DEATH OF A MEMBER OF THE 81ST REGIMENT.
-We regret having to announce the death of Mr. CHARLES GRAY, only son of HARVEY GRAY, of the Town of Oswego. The deceased left the comforts and luxuries of a fond home, from motives inspired by pure patriotism. He was esteemed by all who knew him, and his death plunges his doating parents into the deepest affliction.
The following from the 81st regiment, has been sent us for publication:
To the Editor of The Oswego Commercial Times :
At a meeting of the members of company D, 81st regiment N. Y. V,, held at their camp before Yorktown, VA., on the morning of the 30th of April, Capt. L. 0. Adkins presiding, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted la regard to the death of their esteemed comrade in arms, Charles Gray, only son of Harvey Gray, of Oswego Town, who died in Newport News Hospital, April 30th, 1862:
Whereas, It has pleased Almighty God to take from our midst our much esteemed comrade, Charles Gray, whose pure patriotism, gentle despotism and amiable qualities had endeared him to the hearts of all officers and brother solders; therefore,
Resolved, That we deeply deplore the loss of him who left his much loved parents and the comforts of home to battle for his country's cause and who yielded up his life not the lest nobly than he would have done had it been his lot, upon the battle-fled; but an all wise providence ordained that he should not die by the traitor's hand, but of a sickness which is consequent upon the exposure of a soldier's life.
Revolved, That we sincerely sympathize with his bereaved parents who have lost in the brave patriot soldier an only son, who was bound to them by such ties as none but a father and mother of a cherished offspring can realize, and we pray that God In His Infinite goodness will comfort them in their affliction, and soften the pangs of grief they must suffer in the loss of so worthy a son.
Resolved, That a copy of the above preamble and resolutions be published in the Oswego papers, and one sent to the parents of our deceased brother soldier, and signed by the officers of the Company in our behalf.
L. O. ADKINS, Capt,,
1st Lieutenant JOHN G. PHILLIPS,
2d Lieutenant R. D. S. TYLER.