Unidentified Child Named Carl Who Became a Civil War Soldier; with Handwritten Note and Lock of Hair in Case ca. 1856

Inscription on handwritten note: “My beloved son Carl taken from me on April 1, 1865, at age 18, killed at Dinwiddie. Flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” (Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 2)

He was killed in combat during the fighting at Dinwiddie Court House (March 31) and Five Forks (April 1), shortly before Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. (Source: Matthew R. Gross and Elizabeth T. Lewin, 2010)
Possible identification: Carlos E. Rogers of Company K, 185th New York, who was killed on either March 29 or 30, 1865, at Quaker Road in Dinwiddie County. (Source: North South Trader’s Civil War, vol. 35, 2010, p. 55) Gift; Tom Liljenquist; 2010; (DLC/PP-2010:105)

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

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    Child soldier killed jus a few days before Appomattox.
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