Biography of Silas Cargon
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Cargon, Silas, was born in Castleton, February 2, 1838, and after receiving a lib­eral common school education he engaged in boating on the Hudson river until 1859, when he enlisted in the United States navy on the war ship Mohigan, which was sent to the west coast of Africa to stop the slave trade. It was this vessel which captured the sailing vessel Erie, commanded by Captain Gordon, with a cargo of slaves for the south. Gordon was transferred to New York and afterwards hanged for his crime, the only one who ever suffered the extreme penalty in this country for engaging in the slave trade, and the Erie was the first vessel captured on that station. In 1862, having been hcnorably discharged from the navy, Mr. Cargon en­listed in the Duryea Zouaves, 5th N. Y. Regiment, but was subsequently transferred to the 146th New York Regiment. He lost his right arm in the first day's fight in the Wilderness and was also taken prisoner and held for six months in Libby and other prisons. In 1865 he was discharged and returned to Castleton. In 1866 Mr. Cargon was elected justice of the peace and served for eight consecutive years in the same office. He was also coroner for three years, was excise commissioner of the town, trustee of the village of Castleton and president of the village. His father was Silas Cargon, his mother, Christina Rose. Her grandfather was a soldier in the war of 1S12. Mr. Cargon has been twice married, but has no children. His first wife was Adelaide L. Burnside, who died March 4, 1880; his present wife was Sarah Peacock.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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