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C.P. Muhlenberg

C.P. Muhlenberg

Federal (USA)


Charles Philip Muhlenberg

(1838 - 1872)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: Pennsylvania College (Gettysburg), Class of 1856

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 5th United States Artillery, Battery A


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

In 1856 he began the study of law in Lancaster, and concluded his legal studies in the office of J. Pringle Jones, being admitted to the Berks county Bar in 1859, from which time until the opening of the Civil war, he practiced his profession in Reading.

In April 1861, he became a member of the Ringgold Light Artillery. The following month he was commissioned as first lieutenant in the 5th United States Artillery Regiment, and served as an officer of artillery during the whole of the war.

On the Campaign

His Battery was attached to Gen Rodman's Division, IX Corps, but apparently did not accompany the Division across Snavely's Ford. The battery was engaged in the afternoon of the 17th, but likely after crossing the Antietam by the Lower (Rohrbach's) Bridge.

After the War

He resigned from the Army at the end of 1867 to resume the practice of law in Reading, PA. He died in January 1872, at the early age of thirty-four.

References & notes

Sources: Heitman, Francis Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, Washington, US Government Printing Office, 1903.; and
Montgomery, Morton History of Berks County, 1909, online at the Morton Montgomery Project.
Thanks also to Jake Pierro for help with Carman's placing of the battery on the field. His picture here from a CDV of unknown provenance posted on Findagrave.


11/24/1838; Lancaster, PA