New York Obituaries - 1864 - Major Charles Paine

????e New Orleans True Delta, in announcing the death of Maj. Charles Paine says:

Maj. Paine has a peculiar claim upon our consideration as a contributor (a brilliant one) to the press. He enjoyed an enviable intimacy with Mr. Shillaber, of the Boston Post, the columns of which were often enriched by the Major's productions. Harper's Magazine also bears honorable witness to the rare abilities of Joseph Warren Paine, as does the literary department of the Tribune. The True Delta was once or twice favored by verses, musical and patriotic in sentiment, from the pen of Maj. Paine, whose further contributions the fortune of war interupted. His mind, ever observant, had been enlarged and stimulated by travel, and he was thus enabled to impart to his literary pieces an originality and vigor which at once secured public attention.

Major Paine entered services as First Lieutenant of the Thrteenth New York Cavalry, and was commissioned as Major of the Fourth United States Colored Infantry on the fourth of November 1863. In the celebrated Red River expedition he served with eminent distinction. Although worn down by arduous labor and the cruel ravages of sickness, Major Paine refused to take any rest, but addressed himself with indomitable perseverance and energy to his duties in the field. By his individual exertions he recruited, in the Red River country, 350 men for the army. He found time, in the midst of his professional responsibilities, to succor the needy and destitute, whose claim upon his benevolence he was ever ready to hear and discharge. In descending Red River, the boat on which he had embarked was attacked by the rebels. The pilot exhibiting signs of fear, or something worse, Major Paine took his station in the pilot-house, and holding a loaded pistol at the pilot's head, compelled him to perform his duty. Shot and shell were flying thick about him, but the Major stood, cool and indifferent, resolved that the boat should be carried through the dangerous ordeal.

On the return of the expidition, Major Paine, still suffering in health, obtained leave of abscence. It was hoped that a change of climate and relaxation from duty would restore him to vigorous health. To the profound grief of his numerous attached friends, he returned only to die. He reached the city on Wednesday last, and on Thursday night he breathed his last.

Source: NY Times, Sunday, Dec 18, 1864