New York Obituaries - 1864 - Col. Charles A. May

His comrades in the old regular army, and many of our citizens who enjoyed the pleasure of his acquaintance, will regret to hear of the death of Col. May, who died in this city, on Saturday last, of disease of the heart.

Charles A. May was born in Washington, D.C., Aug 9, 1818. He was appointed to a Second Lieutenancy in the Second Regiment of Dragoons, in 1836, and distinguished himself in the Florida war. At the beginning of the war with Mexico, he joined the forces under Gen. Taylor, and assumed command of a squadron of his regiment. He took part in the battle of Palo Alto, and was breveted Major for gallantry and distinguished services in that action. He was one of the heroes of the following battle of Resaca de la Palma, where he charged a battery of 18 pounders, leading his dragoons up to the guns, and sabreing the gunners at their pieces. For this he received a brevet commission as Lieutenant-Colonel, for gallantry and highly distinguished conduct in action. At the battle of Buena Vista, where he was wounded, he again distinguished himself, and the brevet of Colonel was conferred upon him for gallant and meritorious conduct. Col. May resigned his commission in 1860, and took up residence in this city, where he lived at the time of his death, having held for some years the responsible position of Vice-President of the Eighth avenue Railroad. In the old army, Col. May, or Charles May, as he was commonly called, was very popular. He was celebrated for his skill as an equestrian, and for feats of horsemanship. He was a popular hero in 1846, when the story of his daring achievement at Resaca de la Palma was in every one's mouth, and pictures of "Capt. May" charging through fire and smoke up to the Mexican guns, are familiar to all of us. He was a brave soldier and an accomplished gentleman, and his name will be associated in history with the most romantic incidents in the annals of our army.

Source: NY Times, Tuesday, Dec 27, 1864