The Home Advocate
Friday, 29 January 1886
A private note from Hon. E. T. Sellers, received just as we go to press, brings the sad intelligence that Rev. C. W. Hodge died at Baton Rouge, Tuesday night, 26th inst, of pneumonia.
When we penned a notice of his illness last week, we were encouraged to believe, from latest information, that he would survive the attack, and this was the hope of his family up to Monday evening; but an unfavorable change then took place which resulted in his death. Capt. Hodge was born March 9th 1815 and consequently was nearly 71 years old at the time of his death. His remains were expected to arrive at Calhoun station yesterday, to be interred to day at Smyrna church near Downsville, by the Masonic fraternity, he having been a member of Urim Lodge No. 111, F & A. M. for many years. Capt. H. was well known throughout this entire section of the state and leaves many friends to mourn his demise. We tender the stricken family our sincere sympathy in this their great bereavement.
[Note: In the spring of 1862, Charles W. Hodge raised a company of men from southern and eastern Union Parish and joined Col. Charles Morrison’s battalion in Monroe. This battalion became the 31st Regiment Louisiana Volunteer Infantry, Confederate States Army, in May 1862. Hodge’s company became Company G, 31st Regiment, and they elected Hodge captain. He served with his regiment honorably throughout the Vicksburg campaign between November 1862 and July 1863, including the Battles of Chickasaw Bayou in December 1862 and Port Gibson in May 1863, as well as the Siege of Vicksburg itself. After the surrender at Vicksburg on 4 July 1863, Hodge returned to service in 1864 at Vienna, Minden and then Pineville, Louisiana. He resigned his commission in the army in October 1864 as he had been elected to the Louisiana Legislature.]