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 [decorative delimiter] Class of June 24, 1861

Vol. II

(Born Pa.)

Charles H. Brightly

(Ap'd Pa.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1857, to June 24, 1861, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 4th Infantry, June 24, 1861.

Second Lieut., 4th Infantry, June 24, 1861.

First Lieut., 4th Infantry, June 24, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑64: in drilling Volunteers at Washington, D. C., June‑July, 1861; as Mustering Officer at Trenton, N. J., Aug. 30, 1861, to Apr. 21, 1862; as Aide-de‑Camp to Brig.‑General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Whipple in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., May 6 to Oct. 10, 1862, and on the Rappahannock River, Oct.‑Nov.,

(Major, Staff — Additional Aide-de‑Camp, June 17, 1862,
to Feb. 7, 1863)

(Captain, 4th Infantry, Sep. 16, 1862)

1862; on leave of absence, Nov. 28, 1862, to Mar. 17, 1863; in command of Company at Falmouth, Va., Mar. 17 to Apr. 20, 1863; on sick leave of absence, Apr. 20 to Aug. 21, 1863; as Instructor of Heavy Artillery

(Bvt. Major, May 3, 1863, for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Va.)

drill, at Ft. Richmond, N. Y. Sep. 17, 1863, to Jan. 19, 1864; in command of Regiment at Ft. Wood, N. Y., Jan. 19 to Apr. 23, 1864; in the Richmond Campaign, commanding 4th Infantry (Army of the Potomac), Apr.‑May, 1864, being engaged in the Battle of the Wilderness, May 6,

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Colonel, May 5, 1864, for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of the Wilderness, Va.)

1864, when he was Mortally Wounded; and on sick leave of absence, disabled by wound, May 7 to June 9, 1864.

Died, June 9, 1864, at Philadelphia, Pa., of Wounds
received at the Battle of the Wilderness, Va.: Aged 25.

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