Charles Staples Jr (abt 1846 - aft 1903) served as an under cook in Company K, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry. He is one of twenty-three black men known to have served with the regiment, all of whom served as company cooks.
Charles Staples was born about 1846 in King and Queen County, Virginia.
Staples enlisted in Company K on February 1, 1864 at Nashville, Tennessee for a period of three years. He mustered in on April 16, 1864 in Nashville.
At enlistment he was 18 years old, 5' tall, black complexion, black eyes, and black hair. At the time of his enlistment he was living near Livingston in Overton County where he was a farmer.
According to the muster rolls Staples was present every month throughout his service. He mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. Records state that he was last paid to August 31, 1864 and owed $27.72 to the government for his clothing.
Staples applied for an invalid's pension on December 23, 1903 while living in Louisiana. His grave has not been located.
- He may have been related to Charles Staples Sr, also a cook in Company K, as they were both living in the same area at the time of their enlistment. However, no records have been found to verify this. It is most likely that it is simply coincidence they had the same name.