Received the Medal of Honor while serving as Private, Company K, 12th New York Volunteer Infantry at Blackburns Ford, Virginia, on July 18, 1861.
He was born in 1839 and entered the service at Batavia, New York. The Medal was issued to him on October 23, 1897, in spite of the fact that the action which earned it took place 36 years earlier. However, this was the case with many Civil War recipients of our nation's highest military award.
He died on October 13, 1908 and was buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Louise Catherine Rand, who was born in 1840 and who died in 1911, is buried with him.
RAND, CHARLES F.
Rank and organization: Private, Company K, 12th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Blackburns Ford, Virginia, 18 July 1861. Entered service at: Batavia, New York. Birth: Batavia, New York. Date of issue: 23 October 1897.
Remained in action when a part of his regiment broke in disorder, joined another company, and fought with it through the remainder of the engagement.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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