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Federal (USV)


Charles B Tanner

(1842 - 1911)

Home State: Delaware

Command Billet: Company Officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Delaware Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted in Captain Robert Milligan's Company E, 1st Delaware Infantry Regiment in Wilmington, De. in 1861. He was noted as being 19 years old, 5" 11" tall, dark complexioned, brown hair and hazel eyes.

When enlistments ran out that summer Charles joined Company H of the newly reorganized 1st Delaware Regiment as a Sergeant. He was promoted to Sergeant Major in January 1862 and 2nd Lieutenant on 1 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded three times, and later awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on 17 September - saving his Regiment's flag under fire.

The rest of the War

"One week later, while recuperating in a Hospital in Sharpsburg he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. Later, at the battle of Chancellorsville on May 1-5, 1863, he was recommended for promotion to brevet-captain by Col. Thomas A. Smyth for saving many wounded from the burning woods. On May 29, 1863, he applied to lead colored troops but there is nothing in the records that showed he ever did. Two months later he was the acting Adjutant of his regiment at Gettysburg where once again he was wounded severely enough to spend time in the hospital there. On September 13, 1863, he was medically discharged from the army. However on October 24, 1864, he enlisted again, this time in Co. H, 69th Pennsylvania Volunteers as a 1st Lieutenant where he was wounded in the knee at Petersburg, Virginia."

After the War

"After the war, Tanner married and had a daughter. He also served as the postmaster of Kennett Square, Pa. Eventually he moved to Washington, D.C. and became a clerk in the War Department."

References & notes

Source: The DelawareGovernment Information Center, biographical sketch on - originally from Martin, Roger A., Delaware"s Medal of Honor Recipients.


1842; Philadelphia, PA


12/13/1911; burial in Greenfield Cemetery, Hempstead, Long Island, NY