Charles Camp Doolittle

Charles Camp Doolittle was born March 16, 1832, in Burlington, Vermont, but at the age of four was taken by his parents to Montreal, and later to New York City. Doolittle attended school until age fifteen, when his father's insolvency compelled him to go to work in a glassware emporium. In the late 1850's he moved to Hillsdale, Michigan, and on June 30, 1861, was commissioned first lieutenant of the 4th Michigan Infantry and captain in August. The regiment was heavily engaged on the Peninsula in 1862 and during the Seven Days battle sustained 249 casualties. On August 13, 1862, Doolittle was promoted to colonel of the 18th Michigan, which was involved in minor operations in Kentucky in 1862 and 1863 and served as provost guard at Nashville until June, 1864. He was ordered to Decatur, Alabama, with his command and participated in the defense operations under General Gordon Granger against the Confederate Army of Tennessee under General John B. Hood on October 30, 1864, an action which forced Hood to divert his army forty miles to a crossing of the Tennessee River at Tuscumbia and postponed the proposed invasion of Tennessee by many days. During the battle of Nashville, Colonel Doolittle commanded the 1st Brigade of Jacob D. Cox's 3rd Division of the XXIII (Schofield's) Corps. Promoted to brigadier general to rank from January 27, 1865, Doolittle was in command of the post of Nashville for a time and then of the northeastern district of Louisiana. With the brevet of major general of volunteers "for meritorious service during the war," General Doolittle was honorably mustered out of volunteer service on November 30, 1865. After the war he made his residence in Toledo, Ohio, where he became an employee of the First National Bank. When the Merchants National Bank was organized, Doolittle became its cashier and remained in this occupation until his death on February 20, 1903. He was for many years a leading elder of Westminster (Presbyterian) Church. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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Reference:  Generals in Blue.  Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Louisiana State University Press.  Baton Rouge.