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Charles Gerhardt
Born (1863-03-19)March 19, 1863
Baltimore, Maryland, US
Died June 7, 1957(1957-06-07) (aged 94)
Mendham Borough, New Jersey, US
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1887–1927
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier general
Service number 0-197
Battles/wars Sioux Wars
World War I
Spouse(s) Kate Watkins
Children 2, including Charles H. Gerhardt

Charles Gerhardt (March 19, 1863 – June 7, 1957) was a United States Army officer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He served in several conflicts, including the Sioux Wars and World War I. He is the father of Charles H. Gerhardt, who also served as an army general.


Gerhardt was born in Baltimore on March 19, 1863, to a family that had immigrated from Hesse in the early 1800s. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1887.

Gerhardt was commissioned into the 20th Infantry Regiment, located in Montana at the time. After participating in the Sioux Wars from 1890 to 1891, Gerhardt worked as a professor of military science and tactics at Cumberland University from 1894 to 1897. During this time, he served as a secretary of the civilian organization U.S. Military Wheelmen. After serving in Cuba from 1899 to 1900, Gerhardt went to Minnesota and Montana. He went to Fort Gibbon in 1902, serving there for two years, and after staying in Baltimore, he was stationed in Columbus, Ohio. Gerhardt then served in the Philippines from 1906 to 1908, holding a command at Iloilo for a year.

Gerhardt graduated from the United States Army War College in 1913. That same year, he served as an instructor at the student camp at Gettysburg. After serving at the Panama Canal Zone for 18 months, Gerhardt worked at the Militia Bureau in Washington, D.C. He led the 4th Infantry Division from Camp Greene to Fort Stuart in Virginia before taking it to France because of World War I. In France, he commanded the Intermediate Section, Service of Supply, and Base Section Number Seven. After his promotion to the rank of brigadier general on April 12, 1918, Gerhardt served on the front lines with the 35th Infantry Division, and he then commanded a brigade of the 92nd Infantry Division.

After returning to the U.S., Gerhardt did demobilization work, commanding the 161st Depot Brigade at Camp Grant. Though he retired as a colonel in 1927, Congress restored his brigadier general rank in June 1930. He died in Mendham Borough, New Jersey, on June 7, 1957. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Personal life

Gerhardt married Kate Watkins, and they had two children together including Charles H. Gerhardt. He was known as "a very prolific writer who wrote about a great variety of subjects."

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