Captian Charles E. Belknap [photo]

Commander, Company H 21st Michigan Vol. Inf.

Obituary
Memorial in Baldwin Park, Lake Drive and Fulton Street, Grand Rapids. The inscription reads:
  Charles Eugene Belknap, distinguished soldier, worthy public official, self-sacrificing citizen, faithful friend. Born at Massena, St. Lawrence County, New York, October 17, 1846. Settled in Grand Rapids, 1854. Served four years in Civil War as Captain of Company H, 21st Michigan Infantry. Chairman of Chickamauga Memorial Commission, Historian of Army of the Cumberland, Founder of Belknap Wagon Works. A founder of Grand Rapids Fire Department, member of Board of Education seven years, Alderman from the old Seventh Ward, Mayor of the city, 1884, Member of Congress, 1889-1892, Boy Scout Commissioner, 1922-1929. Patron of Camp Fire Girls, raconteur and publisher of pioneer experiences. Died January 16, 1929. Buried in Greenwood Cemetery. This memorial, originally inspired by the Boy Scouts and Camp Fire Girls, has been erected by friends who admired Captain Belknap's patriotic public services, his winsome friendliness and simplicity, and the practical Christianity of his Exemplary life.
   
Also: Captain Belknap joined Co. H of the 21st Michigan Inf., as a private on September 12, 1862. He was 15 years old when he joined. He became a Captain two years later at the age of seventeen. He fought at the battle of Chickamauga, where today there stands a monument to him. He was wounded four times. In 1864 he was the Chief of Scouts, of the left wing of General Sherman's Army on the march to the sea. He was mustered out June 8, 1865 in Washington, D.C. He received the rank of Lt. Col. Brevet. After the war he was appointed historian of the Army of the Cumberland and served for twelve years. He also authored two books, was mayor of Grand Rapids, MI and served as a Congressman in Washington, D.C.insome friendliness and simplicity, and the practical Christianity of his Exemplary life.

Congressional Biography

US Hours of Representatives - Portraits of Congressmen - Harper's Weekly 1891
Congress bio:
BELKNAP, Charles Eugene, a Representative from Michigan; born in Massena, St. Lawrence County, N.Y., October 17, 1846; attended the common schools; Twenty-first Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Infantry, 1864-1865; manufactured wagons and sleighs; member of the board of education of Grand Rapids, Mich., 1871-1878; served on the board of aldermen, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1880-1882; mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., 1884; hospital executive; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1891); was not a candidate for renomination to the Fifty-second Congress in 1890; elected to the Fifty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Melbourne H. Ford
(November 3, 1891-March 3, 1893); unsuccessfully contested the election to the Fifty-third Congress; staff duty at Fort Oglethorpe during the Spanish-American War; died on January 16, 1929, in Grand Rapids, Mich.; interment in the Greenwood Cemetery.

And this

BELKNAP, Charles Eugene
(1846 - 1929)
BELKNAP, Charles Eugene, a Representative from Michigan; born in Massena, St. Lawrence County, N.Y., October 17, 1846; attended the common schools; Twenty-first Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Infantry, 1864-1865; manufactured wagons and sleighs; member of the board of education of Grand Rapids, Mich., 1871-1878; served on the board of aldermen, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1880-1882; mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., 1884; hospital executive; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1891); was not a candidate for renomination to the Fifty-second Congress in 1890; elected to the Fifty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Melbourne H. Ford (November 3, 1891-March 3, 1893); unsuccessfully contested the election to the Fifty-third Congress; staff duty at Fort Oglethorpe during the Spanish-American War; died on January 16, 1929, in Grand Rapids, Mich.; interment in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Belknap, Charles Eugene. Bentonville: what a bummer knows about it. Prepared by Companion Brevet Major Charles E. Belknap ... read at the stated meeting of January 4, 1893 . [Washington: N.p., 1893].

---. History of the Michigan organizations at Chickamauga, Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge, 1863 . Lansing, Mich.: R. Smith printing co., 1897.

---. The legend of the trailing arbutus . [Grand Rapids: The Dean-Hicks press, 1924].

---. Recollections of a bummer. Prepared by companion Major Charles E. Belknap ... and read at the stated meeting of January 5, 1898 . [Washington: N.p., 1898].

 

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