(1837 - 1864)
Home State: New York
Branch of Service: Infantry
Age 24, he enlisted 30 April 1861 in New York City as Private, Company G, Fourth New York Infantry. He was promoted to Corporal on 1 August and discharged on 10 January 1862 to accept a Pennsylvania commission. He mustered into service as First Lieutenant, Company I, 111th Pennsylvania Infantry the same day.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in the thigh in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862. In his after-action Report, Major Walker wrote:
I shall also mention Lieut. Charles Woeltge, who together with all my officers, behaved most bravely, and have received my hearty commendations for their conduct.
The rest of the War
He was treated at the Smoketown field hospital near Sharpsburg and was promoted to Captain on 15 January 1863. He was a staff officer at Lookout Mountain, TN in November 1863, to Colonel G.A. Cobham who commanded the Brigade. He was killed in action at Resaca, GA on 15 May 1864. Colonel Cobham wrote of him there:
I have also to regret the loss of Capt. Charles Woeltge Co. I, 111th Pa. V. V. A brave and gallant officer, who was shot dead at the very mouth of the rebel cannon.
References & notes
Service information from Bates1 (as Charles Woeltge) and the State of New York2 (as Charles Woltge). Wound and hospital details from Nelson.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture here from a full-length portrait photograph taken in Buffalo, NY, now at the Library of Congress in the Liljenquist Family Collection. Boyle4 also has a picture of him.
05/15/1864; Resaca, GA; burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871 [AotW citation 11014]
2 State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1898, Ser. No. 17, pg. 775 [AotW citation 21671]
3 Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 444 [AotW citation 21669]
4 Boyle, John Richards, Soldiers True; the Story of the One Hundred and Eleventh Regiment Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers ..., New York: The Regimental Association; Eaton & Mains, printer, 1903, pg. 208 [AotW citation 21670]