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Charles T. Yoder, U.S.V.
Major Charles T. Yoder, U.S.V.
Major Charles T. Yoder was born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, July
15, 1843; received a common-school education in that city.
At the breaking out of the Rebellion he was engaged teaching school. He
enlisted August 13, 1861, as a private in Company C, Fourth Pennsylvania
Cavalry, and served with his company in the following battles:
Mechanicsville, Gaines' Mill, Glendale, Malvern Hill, Antietam,
Hedgesville, Union, Upperville, November 3, 1862; Manassas Gap, Markham
Station, Little Washington, Gaines' Cross-Roads, Waterloo, Fredericksburg,
Kelly's Ford, Rapidan Station, Chancellorsville, Stevensburg, Middleburg,
Upperville, June 21, 1863; Shepherdstown, Culpeper, and Bristoe Station.
He received a sabre-wound in the knee in a hand-to-hand fight with
Stuart's cavalry at Beverly Ford, Virginia, and was discharged September
5, 1863, by order of Secretary of War Stanton, per Special Orders No. 398,
Adjutant-General's Office, and appointed as a clerk in the office of the
paymaster-general to adjudicate paymasters' accounts.
His ability as an accurate and correct accountant was soon recognized by
the Pay Department, and on March 11, 1864, he was appointed by
President Lincoln as
paymaster in the army, with the rank of major, and was finally mustered
out of service July 29, 1865, by reason of the close of the war, as per
Special Orders No. 407, Adjutant General's Office. The major enjoyed the
distinction of being the youngest paymaster in the army.
||After the war he engaged in
mercantile business in the city of Washington, and as a business man
met with great success. Subsequently he retired from business and
took a three years' law course in the National University of
Washington, D. C., the degrees of Bachelor and Master of Laws being
conferred upon him, he graduating with honor at the head of his
He was afterwards admitted to the bar of the District of Columbia,
and distinguished himself by the able manner in which he handled
some important cases entrusted to his care. He entered a competitive
examination for a clerkship in the General Land Office, was
successful, and, when Congress created the office of principal
examiner for that office, he was selected by the Secretary of the
Interior and promoted thereto, which position he still fills with
ability and satisfaction to the Department.
The following clipping, taken from a newspaper published in the
interest of claimants before the Interior Department, shows in what
appreciation his ability and services are held:
" We suggested in our last issue that there could be found thoroughly
competent clerks in the General Land Office who could fill the position of
principal examiner, and that promotions from such clerks should be made
rather than that an outsider should be inducted into these comparatively
'fat' places. Since then Major Charles T. Yoder, of Pennsylvania, has been
promoted to fill one of these places at a salary of two thousand dollars
"This is a well-merited promotion, and one that gives general
satisfaction. Major Yoder entered the office through a competitive
examination August 7, 1879, and was soon promoted for his efficiency until
he reached the highest grade. He has been engaged most of the time in the
adjudication of contested cases affecting both agricultural and mineral
lands, and some of the best decisions of the office emanated from his pen.
He is a graduate of the National University of this city and a member of
the bar. Such promotions reflect credit on the administration. Let them
Source: Officers of the Volunteer Army and Navy who
served in the Civil War, published by L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1893, 419
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