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C.F. McKenna
C.F. McKenna

Federal (USV)


Charles Francis McKenna

(1844 - 1922)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 155th Pennsylvania Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He enlisted in Company E, 155th Pennsylvania Infantry on 22 August 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
Camped at Young Ladies Seminary building in Urbana, MD on 16 September 1862. Noted for recording his name and other graffiti on the walls there.

The remainder of the War:
Mustered out with his Company, June 2, 1865.

After the War:
He was admitted to the bar and practiced law in Pittsburg. He was judge of the US District Court for Puerto Rico from 1904 - 06, appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt, and later of the Allegheny County Court. Known as the regimental artist, he helped compile and edit the regimental history (1910), and was its primary illustrator.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information and his picture from his own History1, with details from Bates2.

More on the Web:
See a post-war portrait and more biographical detail in a sketch from the US Courts. A collection of his papers, including wartime diaries, are at Virginia Tech.

Birth Date: 10/01/1844    Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, PA    
Death Date: 12/03/1922    Death Place: Pittsburgh, PA    


1   Porter, John T. , Financial Secretary, and Charles F. McKenna, compiler & editor, Under the Maltese Cross, Antietam to Appomattox, the Loyal Uprising in Western Pennsylvania, 1861-1865: Campaigns of the 155th Pennsylvania Regiment, Pittsburgh: 155th Regimental Association, 1910, pp. 68 - 76  [AotW citation 13561]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 13620]

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