General Charles Francis Roe ....and some info about the Roe family
Major General Charles Francis Roe graduated from The United States Military Academy at West Point in 1868. His training continued during the Indian Campaigns in the West, culminating in the column under his command being the first to arrive in the Valley of the Little Big Horn, after the defeat of General Custer in 1876. A short, but quite graphic account of what was viewed by him and his troops; is copied in the paragraphs below.
Serving in the cavalry from graduation until 1888, then Captain Roe resigned his commission to enter the real estate business in New York City. The real estate career was quite short, as a group of enthusiastic horsemen encouraged him to form a cavalry troop for the New York State militia. Thus, Troop A was the result. His leadership qualities were well displayed over the next few years, causing the Troop to be expanded until finally attaining the designation of Squadron A. In 1898, upon the reorganization of the National Guard, the now Major Roe was appointed Major General by New York Governor Frank Black.
General Roe died at the age of 84 at his home in Highland Falls.
The above information may be questioned, amended, or corrected by anyone interested in an accurate
account of the life of General Charles Francis Roe being provided on this site. Discussion is welcomed. -kc- Others named Roe, Edward and Alfred, are listed as being born in New Windsor. One of the brothers is also listed as being appointed Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Highland Falls. Perhaps the Town of Highlands Historian, Stella Bailey could provide clarification for this site.
It's a start....... A more extensive biography of General Charles F. Roe is needed--
I found a very basic biography of General Roe, via a New York Times account of his death. After reading the newspaper account, I put it to the side and wrote what I could. If anyone has a more precise biography available, please forward the information to me. As a walkway or dedication area is being planned, I thought it might be good to do a little research on the Old General. By the way, photos (old and new) of Roe Park...Roe Pond, are requested. Please send scans and information to the address listed below:
A graphic account at the Little Bighorn...by Lt. Charles F. Roe (not for the faint of heart)
Charles F. Roe's Story of the Battlefield A Second Cavalry Lieutenant's account of the condition of the Little Bighorn Battlefield
From a March 1910 article in The Castle, a magazine devoted to the interests of the 22nd Regiment of the New York National Guard
THE STORY OF A SECOND CAVALRY LIEUTENANT
WE FOUND in the Indian village a white man's head with a lariat tied to it, which had been dragged around the village until the head was pulled off the body... His [Captain Tom Custer's] heart was cut out, and in the village was found a man's heart with a lariat attached to it, possibly Captain Custer's. In front of my Troop after we went into camp, there was a dead body lying, naked, and the features hammered into jelly. This body was soon after recognized as that of Lieutenant McIntosh by his brother-in-law Lieutenant Gibson, of H Troop, who was shown a gutta-percha sleeve button picked up near the corpse, both officers having been given the same kind of sleeve buttons by their wives just before leaving Fort Lincoln. The body of Mitch Bouyer, the half-breed scout, was found on Custer's field and not far from the river. It also was very badly mutilated." [Note: Roe was probably confusing Bouyer with Custer's head scout, Bloody Knife, who would have been hard to identify because he was decapitated. Bloody Knife was killed in the timber near the river during Reno's retreat, and subsequently mutilated badly. According to the overwhelming evidence of the eye-witness record, Bouyer was killed on the Little Bighorn at Medicine Tail Coulee, and according to Marcus Reno's final report on the battle, Bouyer's body was never found.]...
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