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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 Antietam

He enlisted in Company E, 155th Pennsylvania Infantry on 22 August 1862.

On the 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 rest 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 & 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.


10/01/1844; Pittsburgh, PA


12/03/1922 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]