Obituary - Henningsen, Charles Frederick

The Evening Star, Thursday, June 14, 1877
Death of Gen. C.F. Henningsen
A Participant in Many Wars Conquered at Last

Gen. Charles Frederick Henningsen, who for some months past had been in a feeble
state of health, died this morning at his rooms No. 28 north B street, Capitol Hill, in
the 62d year of his age. There are probably but few living who have had a more
adventurous life than the deceased.
As the name indicates, Gen. H. was of
Scandinavian extraction. Born in England in 1815, at the age of nineteen he went to
Spain to espouse the cause of Don Carlos, (the grandfather of the present pretender to
the Spanish throne.) His first service was as a captain in the body guard of
Zumalacarregui. He was subsequently made a colonel, and in that capacity led a
column against Madrid capturing the outer fortifications of the city and held them for
several hours, until notified that Don Carlos could send him no reinforcements. He
was once captured and would have been shot but for a lucky circumstance. After being liberated he fought
against Russia in the Caucasus. Returning to England he wrote "Revelations of Russia," three volumes,
which was translated into French. He afterwards took part on the national side, in the Hungarian war of
1848-9. Subsequently he came to the United State with Kossuth. In 1856 he commanded a filibustering
expedition to Nicaragua, where he joined Walker, who was afterwards shot. Gen. Henningsen, however,
managed to make his escape after having served with great gallantry. During the late civil war in this country
he served in the confederate army as colonel, and frequently had command of the defenses of Richmond.
After the war he took up his residence in Washington, and became interested in the cause of Cuba. His
principal writings are "Twelve Months Campaign with Zumalacarregue;" "The Past and Future of Hungary;"
"The White Slave," a novel; "Eastern Europe;" "Sixty Years Hence," a novel of Russian life, and "Analogies
and Contrasts." The deceased was a man of striking appearance, being tall, erect and soldier-like in his
bearing. He was gentleman of scholarly attainments, and spoke the French, Spanish, Russian, German and
Italian languages with the fluency of a native. During his last days he was greatly reduced in circumstances,
but had many kind friends, among them Colonel Albert Pike, who looked after his welfare.
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Referenced Individual: 
Last Name: 
Henningsen
First Name: 
Charles
Middle Name: 
Frederick
Deathdate: 
June 14, 1877
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