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DescriptionLandsman Charles Redding served during the Civil War aboard the USS Kearsarge. The USS Kearsarge is most known for its famous sea engagement with the CSS Alabama off Cherbourg, France on June 19, 1864. Redding enlisted in the Navy at New Bedford in January 1862. He was onboard the USS Kearsage when it battled and sank the CSS Alabama at Cherbourg, France in 1864. After the war, Redding (then known as "Jack") worked in and around Boston, as a janitor at the Bryant & Stratton Business School in Boston, for some time in the employ of Sewall Barker in Newton, as well as with the old Nonantum Engine company. He was a member of the Kearsarge Veteran's Association, the Newton Veteran's Firemen's Association, and could be seen in uniform as a drum major at local parades. He married Isabella Serman. Although he lived in Boston, he returned home to Newton when he died and was buried in the Soldier's Lot (owned by the Grand Army of the Republic, Charles Ward Post No. 62) at Newton Cemetery.Note with photo, "Charles Redding lived with Mr. Lemon for years. One of the Kearsarge. I think one of the stewards".Donated by Laura B. FewkesHistoric Newton Archives at the Jackson Homestead and MuseumPortrait, man head and shoulders in light jacket
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