From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 560-561


C. H. Dougherty, jeweler, Fremont, Ind., was born in Hardin County, Ky., July 7, 1833, a son of Samuel and Matilda (Brown) Dougherty.  In 1850 his parents moved to Henderson County, Ill., where they spent the rest of their lives.  When sixteen years of age he began to learn the jeweler's trade of C. B. Mathews, of Oquawka, remaining with him till the breaking out of the Rebellion when he enlisted in Company E, Tenth Illinois Infantry, being one of the first to respond to the call for troops.  His regiment was assigned to Pope's division, and participated in the engagements at New Madrid, Island No. 10 and Fort Pillow.  They were then ordered to the support of Grant, at Corinth, and subsequently camped at Tuscumbia.  They crossed the river and joined Negley's command at Nashville, where for several days they foraged for all their food, living part of the time on parched corn and coffee made of acorns gathered in the woods near by.  They were left at Fort Negley on guard duty and from there went to Bridgeport, Ala., the base of supplies for Rosecrans's army.  While there an explosion caused the sacrifice of the lives of many of the Tenth Regiment.  From there they were sent to relieve the Fifth Regular Infantry, and captured several prisoners and were then sent to Perry Ford to guard them.  They were subsequently at Mission Ridge, Lookout Mountain, Buzzard's Roost, Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, and with Sherman to the sea.  Thence by water from Savannah to Fort Buford, and Bentonville, S. C., where they fought their last battle.  He was at the grand review at Washington and was discharged at Louisville, Ky., in July, 1865, having served over four years.  He then returned to Henderson County, Ill., and worked at his trade with Mr. Mathews.  In 1866 he went to Aledo, Mercer County, and remained two years, when he went to Keithsburg.  In August, 1875, he came to Steuben County, and established his present place of business.  He has a fine stock of goods, keeping constantly on hand everything in his line.  He is honorable in all his dealings. genial and pleasant to customers, and has built up a good business.  Mr. Dougherty was married Dec. 7, 1865, to Mattie Owen, of Henderson County, Ill.  They have one child-- Frank.  Mr. Dougherty is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and Independent Order of Odd Fellows.


Submitted by Kim Davoli