1st Lieutenant Charles Edward Livingston Allison was born March 12th, 1837 at Apalachicola, Franklin County Florida. He was the son of Abraham Kyrkyndal Allison (1810-1893), the sixth Governor of Florida (served 1 Apr. 1865-19 May 1865), and his first wife, Mary Jane Nathans (1820-1850).
He was a freshman enrolled in South Carolina College in 1855, and then attended the University of Virginia in session 33 (1856-1857).
In 1860, he was living at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida. He was a lawyer and newspaper editor by profession, with a personal worth of $4,000.
He was enlisted into Confederate service on March 12, 1862 at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida and appointed to the 1st Lieutenant.
He was present with the company until February 9th, 1863, when he was detached for recruiting service in Florida. He also was on detached service as the Officer of City Police at Knoxville, Tennessee, beginning on April 11th, 1863.
He returned to the company on April 30th and remained with it until he was wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga on September 19th, 1863. In that battle, he suffered a gunshot wound to the right arm, which was subsequently amputated at a hospital at Marietta, Georgia. He was promoted to Captain on November 16th, 1863 while still in the hospital. He is last recorded as still absent at the hospital as of February 1864; he was paroled May 10th, 1865 at Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida.
After the war, he established and edited a newspaper in his hometown of Quincy, FL, which he called the Quincy Commonwealth, and developed his practice as an attorney. By 1870, the U.S. Census lists him as a “lawyer & editor.”
In 1885, the Florida State Census gives his profession as “Supt. of Schools.” Allison was also instrumental in the development of the Ladies’ Confederate Memorial Association in Quincy, and was described by one lady as “always interested and one of the foremost in every work and celebration.”
Captain Allison died on May 7th, 1916 at Sevier County, Arkansas.