Charles Sealy was born in the town Castle Cary, Somersetshire, England c. 1831 to Richard Sealy (born c. 1804 in South Welton, England d. 2/2/1897 in Rockford, IL) and Maria Louisa Champion Sealy (born c. 1803 in Wells, England). His family (including 2 brothers & 1 sister) moved to Rochester, New York sometime after 1841. They later moved to Geneva, NY and final settled in Rockford, IL in 1855. He and his 2 brothers served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Charles enlisted as a private in Company G, 44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry from Winnebago County. During the battle of Chickamauga, the Rock River Democrat reported on 10/28/1863 that he had to have one of his legs amputated due to injury. He was captured during this battle, and taken to Andersonville Prison. He died there on June 10, 1864, and is buried at Grave #1787.
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