|Tex thank you my friend that is amazing information. The letter he wrote mentions Capt. Sargent, Alex Smart who he says was very sick and was not expected to live, John Foster and Lieut. Bill Thompson ...if he died in July 1864 at Andersonville then he must have been captured in combat ...I would love to know where.
Texas Defender wrote:
I believe that I can give you some info on Private Flanders.
Merrimac, MA History Here is a history of Merrimac, MA written in 1888. If you scroll most of the way down, you'll find a paragraph which says that a company of volunteers was raised by a Captain Joseph W. Sargent in July of 1861. It was mustered in as Company E of the 14th MA. The name of Charley L. Flanders appears on the roster given.
The source also says that Flanders: "Was taken prisoner and died." It gives no info on where or when. However,I believe that I know where he ended up.
Charles L Flanders ( - 1864) - Find A Grave Memorial
This source shows that a Private Charles L. Flanders died at Andersonville on July 7, 1864, and remains in the cemetery there. It identifies him as: "PVT E 1 MA ART." Its almost certainly the same individual.