"He lived the life of a soldier, and the good deeds he did live on and help to make the world better."
Charles D. Wharton, Jr., son of Charles Doughty Wharton, Sr., was born May 5, 1829. When the war with Mexico broke out he was serving in the United States navy, and he took part in the operations at the siege of Vera Cruz, being boatswain and one of a small number who rowed ashore and in a hand to hand fight, with cutlasses, drove back a squadron of Mexican lancers who had surrounded Gen. Phil. Kearny, whom they succeeded in rescuing. For this brave act Congress passed a special vote of thanks, a copy of which, bearing the seal of the secretary of the navy, Mr. Wharton preserved to the end of his life, as well as a document showing his part in the affair. He also received a sum of money in consideration thereof. On the breaking out of the Civil war he enlisted in Company F, 11th Pennsylvania volunteers, afterward enlisted in the 45th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers (Governor Beaver's old command), was in Company F, 36th Pennsylvania Volunteers, and in Company G, 184th Pennsylvania Volunteers, serving until discharged July 14, 1865, by reason of the close of the war. Among the principal engagements in which he took part were Gettysburg, Antietam, South Mountain, Falling Waters and Petersburg. After the war he returned to his trade, that of molder. On March 11, 1886, be entered the Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Home at Erie, where he remained until his death, in 1887, at the age of fifty-eight years. An Erie paper said, in an obituary notice: "He was a grand hero, yet his gentle, childish ways would never give the impression that he had fought hand to hand with Mexican lancers, or, with yardarm locked to yardarm, served the smoking guns. Probably not half a dozen of his comrades in the Home know his record."
Services were held over his remains at the Home, and the body was then sent to his son at Sunbury for burial beside his wife, who had died some years before. A detail of comrades accompanied the remains to the railroad station. "He lived the life of a soldier, and the good deeds he did live on and help to make the world better." Mr. Wharton married Mary Irwin, (February 15, 1853 ) daughter of Martin and Rachel (Irwin) Irwin, and a sister of Jarid C. Irwin, of Sunbury, Pa. They had these children: William A., John A., Charles M., Mary A. and Edith E.