Charles Frederic Humphrey Sr.

For the United States Army general from the first half of the 20th century, see Charles F. Humphrey.
Charles Frederic Humphrey Sr.

Charles F. Humphrey
Born (1844-09-02)September 2, 1844
Tioga County, New York
Died June 4, 1926(1926-06-04) (aged 92)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1863 - 1907
Rank Major General
Battles/wars American Civil War
Indian Wars
China Relief Expedition
Awards Medal of Honor
Distinguished Service Cross

Charles Frederic Humphrey Sr. (September 2, 1844 – June 4, 1926) was a major general in the United States Army and a Medal of Honor recipient.


Humphrey was born on September 2, 1844 in Tioga County, New York.[1] He married Juanita Foster DaCosta and had five children. Two of their sons, Evan and Charles Jr., would become brigadier generals. Humphrey died on June 4, 1926 and is buried with Juanita, as well as Evan and another son, Marion, at Arlington National Cemetery.


Humphrey originally joined the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the American Indian Wars.

His award citation reads:

Voluntarily and successfully conducted, in the face of a withering fire, a party which recovered possession of an abandoned howitzer and 2 Gatling guns Iying between the lines a few yards from the Indians.[2]

Later in his career he served in the China Relief Expedition and as Quartermaster General of the Army. His retirement was effective as of July 1, 1907.

Other awards he received during his career include the Distinguished Service Cross and the Civil War Campaign Medal.

See also


  1. "Charles Frederic Humphrey". Arlington National Retrieved September 13, 2010.
  2. "Medal of Honor recipients". Indian War Campaigns. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2009.

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