Charles J. McCaffrey

Company A 22nd Infantry

DOD 04/30/1879



Charles J. McCaffrey was born in Burlington, Vermont in 1857.

He enlisted as a Private in Company A 22nd Infantry for a period of five years
on December 20, 1878 at Fort Wayne, Michigan. His enlisting officer was Captain Javan B. Irvine
the Commanding Officer of Company A 22nd Infantry at that time. McCaffrey's enlistment record
indicated that he stood 5 feet 8 inches tall, had dark hair, blue eyes and a light complexion.
His previous occupation was listed as Clerk.


Private Charles J. McCaffrey died at Fort Griffin, Texas on April 30, 1879.

Below is the entry for his death in the Returns of the 22nd Infantry for the month of April 1879:


The above entry explains that McCaffrey died ...

"From pistol shot on left side of neck at the hands of Capt S. A. Lincoln 10th Infantry. Not in line of duty."


Below is the entry for McCaffrey in the Register of Deaths in the Army:

Note the explanation on the far right of "Shot by an officer."


The article below is from page 786 of the ARMY AND NAVY JOURNAL June 7, 1879 giving details
on the circumstances of McCaffrey's death and the trial of the officer who shot him. The "Capt. Irving"
referred to in the article was Captain Javan B. Irvine who commanded Company A 22nd Infantry at that time.




San Antonio National Cemetery
San Antonio
Bexar County
Plot: D, 700


Grave marker for Charles J. McCaffrey

Photo by Laura T from the Find A Grave website








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