Second Lieutenant Charles Heath Heyl
Second Lieutenant Charles Heath Heyl (Indian Campaigns)
Charles Heath Heyl was born July 22, 1850 in Philadelphia, PA. He entered the U.S. Army at Camden, NJ, and on October 1, 1873, was appointed a Second Lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
On April 28, 1876, while serving near Fort Hartsuff (now near Burwell), NB, Second Lieutenant Heyl, while in command of a small scouting party, earned the Medal of Honor. His citation reads “Voluntarily, and with most conspicuous gallantry, charged with 3 men upon 6 Indians who were entrenched upon a hillside.” The medal was awarded October 26, 1897.
He continued his career serving as Regimental Adjutant, Assistant Adjutant General, and Inspector General as a Colonel in July 1902.
Charles Heath Heyl signed his SAR application in January12, 1892. He was living in Camden, NJ, at the time and lists his occupation as Captain, 23rd Infantry , U.S. Army. His National number is 2138. He was a member of the District of Columbia Society and his DC Society number is 338. His Patriot ancestor is David Heath who served as a “private soldier in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Militia.” Charles Heyl also notes in his application of another Patriot ancestory, great-grandfather John Heyl ‘serving in the Continental Army and was with General Washington at Valley Forge.” There is a handwritten note at the bottom of his application “Transferred July 3, ’93 to New Jersey SAR.” His brother, Colonel Edward Miles Heyl, was a member of the NJ Society.
Colonel Charles Heath Heyl died October 12, 1926 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.