1861: C. A. Pelton and the 1st Battle of Bull Run

On this day, Charles A. Pelton fought in the First Battle of Bull Run. Prompted by the patriotic fervor that arose after the shelling of Fort Sumter in Charleston by Confederate troops, he enlisted for 90 days, the initial call-up by President Lincoln. After his enlistment expired, he returned home to Middletown and became a pharmacist. His pharmacy stood on Main Street until 2004. Pelton lived to the age of 91 and was the next to last of Middletown’s Civil War veterans to pass away.

Charles Abner Pelton

Story contributed by Deborah Shapiro. 

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