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Charles DUPRE
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Kentucky
Comp. , 4th Kentucky Cavalry
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enrolled Oct. 23, 1861; mustered in Dec. 24, 1861 at Camp Anderson for 3 years

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mustered out Jan27, 1865 Louisville Ky

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Biography :

Charles F Dupre; sergeant; promoted QM Sergeant June 7, 1863. Rejoined his Co. as Sergeant January 1, 1864 to act as Ordinance Sergeant for the Regiment.

Charles Dupre enrolled at Camp Anderson as 1st Sergeant in Captain McGowan’s Mounted Volunteers, later Company H, 4th Kentucky Cavalry. His brother Felix was also a Sergeant in same Company.

He was born in Ghent, January 25, 1838. The family came in the USA in 1852, on board ship Edwina from Rotterdam, arrival in New York on September 25. The Dupré with other people were listed as coming from Gent/Antwerp: Charles Dupré 46, his wife Jaenette 46; and their children: Charles 14; Felix 11; Jeanette 10; Désiré 9. They settled in Louisville, Kentucky, where they are listed in the 1860 census but with origin from France(!) and carpenters by occupation.

After the war, Charles married America Holsclaw in 1868, in the same time going to school and receiving an allopath/physician diploma in 1871 from the Kentucky School of Medicine, Louisville (Transylvania University Medical Department).  He went to Shepherdsville, Bullit County, Kentucky around 1880 following the censuses but was back in Louisville around 1890. They had four children:  Emma, Victor, Elenora and Eugenia.

When entering the Home in 1821, he stated as his nearest relative his daughter Eugenia Putnam, 659 W. Parkway St., Louisville, Ky He left soon after his entry, on April 4, 1921, at request. He died in Louisville January 22, 1922 and his buried Cave Hill Cemetery Section M, lot 62, Grave *3-A. America died March 17, 1930 and is buried same place.

In 1868 Charles Dupré registered a patent for designing improved door-hinges. 

His brother Felix Dupré, 22 y.o., enlisted with him in the same Company, at Camp Anderson on October 23, 1861 and was made a Corporal. But he first enlisted in "Semple's Light Artillery Battery" on September 16, 1861. A short lived company as on September 27, ten days later, he was dismissed with all the Company. 

He was promoted Sergeant on March 1, 1863 and, alas, was taken prisoner at Crawfish Springs on September 21, 1863. The Regimental historian wrote the following story upon that particular event: "On the 19th, the day the great battle of Chicamauga opened, the 4th marched to Crawfish Springs, when it was fiercely engaged with Confederate cavalry under Gen. Wheeler. In the report of Col. Watkins he says that when he discovered the enemy he drew up the 4th, 5th and 6th Ky. Cavalry in line, then advanced to the Chattanooga road. Then Capt. O’Donnell, of his staff, reported the enemy advancing. In the fight that ensued he was flanked and fell back. The 4th formed across the road at Lookout church, the 6th passing on. Then “the 4th fell back slowly, fighting with desperation, and rallied on the 6th, when the two regiments held the enemy in check fully 20 minutes. Then they were again flanked:” retreating again, they again rallied and repulsed the enemy. In this desperate fighting the 4th lost four officers, and over 90 men wounded and missing. It continued to cover the retreat to Chattanooga, arriving there September 22d (From http://freepages.military.rootsweb.com/~bigsandyvalley/Union%20Regiments%20of%20Kentucky/4kycav.html )

Felix Dupré died in Richmond prison, Va, on November 23, 1864, from pneumonia.

 

Note: The other immigrants were: Phil Gullé, 46; Eduard De Meyer, 42; John Pierlé, 26; Isidore Pierlé, 23 ; Amand Pierlé 20 ; Isidore Oeverbecht 25 ; Edmond de Neef 25 ; Anne de Neef 28 ; Jean Labiaux 32 ; Etoinette Labiaux 25 ; Emil Labiaux 11 ; Fanny Labiaux 2 ; Francoise Labiaux 57

Sources :
Central Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Dayton,  Ohio