ACTION: Chaffin's Farm (Fort Harrison), VA.
DATE: 29 September 1864.
NAME: Veal, Charles.
RANK/UNIT: Private, Co. D, 4th U.S. Colored Troops.
CITATION: "Seized the national colors, after 2 color bearers had been shot down close to the enemy's works, and bore them through the remainder of the battle."
MEDAL PRESENTED: 6 April 1865.
BIOGRAPHICAL DATA: Born: Portsmouth, VA. 1838.
ENTERED SERVICE: Baltimore, MD. 28 July 1863.
OTHER: Charles Veal was a 25-year-old fireman at the time of his enlistment. He stood five-feet-three and one-quarter inches tall. While he is listed as a private in the medal of honor records, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on November 12, 1863. Veal was later wounded at Fort Fisher in North Carolina in January, 1865 and spent a week in the hospital. His medal of Honor was personally pinned on his chest by Major General Benjamin Butler. He died July 27, 1872. Veal is buried in the Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, VA.
An order from Gen. Benjamin Butler, dated 11 October 1864, had this to say:
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