Charles Evans Wingo Sr.


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Sallie B. (Sarah Everett) Knight

Charles Evans Wingo Sr.

  • Born: 12 Jul 1843, Virginia
  • Marriage: Sallie B. (Sarah Everett) Knight circa 1880
  • Died: 20 Mar 1911, Richmond, Va. at age 67

bullet  General Notes:

The 1880 Federal Census for the City of Richmond, VA, District 79, page 6A dated July 24, 1880 records Charles E. (38) and Sallie K. (24) Wingo with their daughter Jinny (8/12 - October). Charles is a Shoe Merchant living at 315 East Main Street.

American Civil War Soldiers <>
Name: Charles E. Wingo
Residence: Richmond, Virginia
Enlistment Date: 21 Apr 1861
Enlistment Place: Richmond, Virginia
Side Served: Confederacy
State Served: Virginia
Birth Date: 12 Jul 1843
Death Date: 20 Mar 1911
Death Place: Richmond, Virginia
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 21 April 1861 at the age of 17. Enlisted in Company 1st, 1st Co. Howitzers Light Artillery Regiment Virginia on 21 Apr 1861. Transferred into Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps on 21 Sep 1864. Transferred out of Company 1st, 1st Co. Howitzers Light Artillery Regiment Virginia on 21 Sep 1864.
Also listed in R. M. Anderson's Company, Richmond Howitzers Light Artillery Regiment Virginia and 1st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Williams Rifles).
It appears that he served with his future wife's brothers.

"Col. Charles E. Wingo, was born at Painville Amelia County, Virginia, July 12th, 1842. He married Sally B. Knight December 17th, 1878. Died March 20th, 1911 in his 67th year of his age at his residence 902 Park Avenue of Double Pneumonia. He was looked upon as one of the leading citizens of Richmond.

He was a son of William Allen Wingo who died September 7th, 1846 leaving Col. Wingo the oldest , a sister Althea and a brother William Johnson. Col. C. E. Wingo's mother was Sarah Jane Johnson. Col. Wingo's education was from Field School near his home, and later graduated from Edge Wood Academy by Mr. Harrison at The Lodge in Amelia County. He came to Richmond in 1850 (he felt the need to help support his mother, which he continued to do through life). He accepted a position with Eggleston & Fitzgerald, after which he was with Samuel N. Price for whom he was employed when the war started. He promptly enlisted in the Richmond Howitzers, but being under military age, his mother wrote the Governor and had him released. But on reaching Military age, he re-enlisted in the 2nd Company Richmond Howitzers and served until he was severely wounded at the battle of Sharpsburg (Antitum) losing several pieces of bone from his arm and leg. Upon partial recovery, he was detailed as enrolling officer for Amelia County and served in this capacity until Lees Army, on its retreat, passed through Amelia, when he joined his company heading to Appomattox. He returned to Richmond after the war.

He secured employment with Steinbach & Company a dry goods firm, and later accepted a position with Gardner & Carlton, a Wholesale Boot & Shoe firm. A short time after this, Col. Wingo and his associates, John Ellett and Jim Crump, founded the partnership of Wingo, Ellett & Crump. After an uphill fight this firm became a power in this section. After it secured a firm footing it was incorporated as Wingo, Ellett & Crump with Col. C. E. Wingo elected President. Through his interest in civic affairs in 1886 he became chairman of The City's Democratic Committee. Gov. Offierall appointed him a member of his staff and obtained for him the title of Colonel, which he retained through life.

He was a Virginian of the old school. His personal charm won him many friends. A staunch Mason and Post Master of Dove Large, a member of the county club, a Member of the First Baptist Church, and for a long while chairman of the Finance Committee. Col. Wingo, feeling the need for a fuller education, started his library while a young man, and added to it through life.

He was a fervent reader of the classics and histories. His library was his sitting room where he spent much of his time with his books.

Excerpts from:
"REMINISCENCES of the First Company of Richmond Howitzers"
We got from the battery a pair of rat-tail sorrel horses, that were under charge of Cannoneer C. E. Wingo. They were well groomed and fed, indeed they felt their oats. We loaded the wagon with the logs. James August was appointed driver. Everything went smoothly until the team struck the main road, which was a little hilly.

"We crossed over into Virginia and took up line of march, arriving at Sharpsburg; at this time we were attached to Barksdale's brigade, McLaw's division. We went into action after resting a short time from a night's march. In this battle C. E. Wingo, who was acting number four at the gun, was wounded, and in leaving the gun, forgot to leave the pouch with lanyard and friction primers behind.
Charles L. Todd, who was sergeant of the piece, ran after Cannoneer Wingo to secure the pouch with friction primers and lanyard. Lieutenant Anderson, not understanding the circumstances, ran after both to bring them back."


Charles married Sallie B. (Sarah Everett) Knight, daughter of William C. Knight and Clarissa T., circa 1880. (Sallie B. (Sarah Everett) Knight was born in Sep 1856 in Virginia and died on 9 Aug 1947 in Richmond , VA.)

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