from Springfield Weekly Republican, Friday, 8 Jan 1892

Charles H. Watson, the ex-pliceman and captain of Co., E, 15th Massachusetts regiment died of pneumonia early Wednesday morning. When 16 years old he joined the regular army, serving at Houlton, ME, Newport, RI, and Ft. Barrancas, FL. He served in the war with Mexico and was at the front most of the time, taking part in nearly all the active engagements. When the Civil War broke out he was commissioned captain of Co. E of his regiment and was present at many of the principal battles. He resigned in January 1863 but was mustered in again in April, serving over two years at Fort Warren. Mr. Watson was familiarly called 'Captain' by all his acquaintances and as a member of the police force was a popular and efficient official.

from Westfield Atheneum, Westfield Massachusetts

'Capt. Ch. H. Watson, long a familiar and prominent figure on our streets, died at an early hour this morning at his residence on Avery street. Mr. Watson was born at New Braintree in this state, March 12, 1824. He was a member of the Regular army, joining at 16 years of age, and serving at Holden, ME, Newport, RI, Fort Barrancas, FL, and in the Mexican war at Brownsville, Vera Cruz, Black Pass, Cerra Gordo, and other places, He was also in the Civil War as captain of company E, Fifteenth Mass. Volunteers, participating in the battles of Balls Bluff, Berryville, siege of Yorktown, West Point, Fair Oaks, Peach Orchard, Savage Station, White Oaks, Fairfax, South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg. Mr. Watson was a resident of this town 23 years, serving most of that time on the regular and special police force. He leaves a widow, three sons, Charles F., William F. and Arthur M., four daughters, Mrs. W. A. Cleveland of Staten Island, Mrs. Rose Geary, of New York, Mrs. J. Ralph of Ravenswood, L. I., and Mrs. John Whitney of Webster, and a sister, Mrs. W. A. Hall of Northbridge. Capt. Watson was a member of Lyos Post of the Grand Army, and of Mt. Token Temple of Honor.