Charles Williamson Flusser was born in Annapolis, Maryland September 27th 1832. He received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1853.
Flusser started the Civil War in command of the gunboat the USS Commodore Perry. In 1864 he was commanding the USS Miami off the coast of North Carolina. On April 19th 1864 the Miami went into a battle with the Confederate ironclad the CSS Albemarle. Flusser fired the cannons at the ironclad, but a shell bounced off the armoring on the Albemarle and landed back on the deck of the Miami. The shell exploded killing Flusser.