Charles H. Freeman
Past Dept. Commander Charles H. Freeman
passed over to the other side at his home in
Corning, N.Y., on April 12, 1920, after a long
and honorable career as a soldier, a citizen and a
member of the Grand Army of the Rebulic.
Comrade Freeman was born at Trumansburg,
Tompkins County, NY, September 28, 1840.
He removed to Corning when seventeen years of
age, and in 1862 enlisted in the 140th Regiment
of New York Volunteers as private. In 1863 he
was commissioned Lieutenant of Company C,
in the same regiment and later was promoted to the Captaincy.
Captain Freeman was mustered out with his
regiment after the close of the war and returning
to Corning, was for many years actively engaged
in business affairs.
Captain Freeman was a charter member of Logie
Post GAR of Corning and continued in its
membership until the post was disbanded. In
1889 he joined W.W. Hayt Post No. 276, and
remained in its membership until the time of
Captain Freeman was a brave soldier, a prominent, upright and influential public spirited
citizen and as a member of the Grand Army was held in high honor and repute. In 1891 he was elected Commander of the Department of New York. While he was serving in this capacity he removed the first sod from the site of the present tomb of General Grant. He rarely missed a State Encampment and is said to have attended every National Encampment since 1889.