NP, WES 9/15/1922

From the Winchester Evening Star (Winchester, Va.)
September 15, 1922
Chas. B. Keeler Passes Away at Advanced Age
Too Young to Serve in Army, But He and Father Made Wagons At Stephenson For Confederates
   Charles B. Keeler, retired Fredericksburg county farmer, died at 10 o'clock this morning at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Keeler, on the Northwestern grade, after three months' illness of thrombosis. He was 76 years of age.
Made Wagons For Confederate Army
   Mr. Keeler was a mere boy when the civil war broke out, and he was so intent on joining the Confederate Army and going to the front that, in spite of his youth, he managed to enlist. His commander admired the pluck and loyalty of the youthful soldier, but decided Mr. Keeler was too young for the kind of military service the Confederate forces was about to undertake, and after a brief period he was detailed to work with his father.
   The elder Keeler was extensively engaged at Stephenson in the manufacture of wagons and farming implements. The army needed wagons and the father and son, together with other help, spent most of their time making army wagons and similar equipment.
   When "Stonewall" Jackson's army "commandeered" Baltimore & Ohio Railroad engines at Martinsburg and undertook to haul them with horses to the Valley of Virginia over the Martinsburg pike it was found necessary to manufacture unusually heavy and strong traces and tongues, and this work was done at the Keeler shop in Stephenson. Thus equipped, the engines were hauled well within the Confederate lines, and were made good use of on Virginia railroads.