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Confederate (CSV)


Michel B. Cantrelle

(c. 1839 - ?)

Home State: Louisiana

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Washington (LA) Artillery, 3rd Company

Before Sharpsburg

He was a 22 year old clerk in New Orleans when he enlisted there on 22 April 1861 in the Battalion, Louisiana Foot Rifles. He transferred to the 3rd Company, Washington Artillery on 25 February 1862. He had been re-enlisted for the War by Capt. Miller on Feb. 12th, 1862, at Blackburn Ford, VA.

On the Campaign

He was present with the battery at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

Promoted to Corporal on Oct, 12th, 1863. Paroled at Farmville, VA between April 11th and 21st, 1865. He is noted as present in the following battles: Rappahannock Sta., Va., Aug. 23rd, 1862; Manassas, Va., Aug. 29th, 1862; Sharpsburg, Md., Sept. 15th, 16th, 17th, 1862; Fredericksburg, Dec. 13th, 1862; Fredericksburg or Chancellorsville, May 3rd, 1863; Gettysburg, Pa., July 3rd, 1863; Williamsport, Md., July 6th, 1863; Newbern, N. C., Feb. __, 1864; Drewery's Bluff, May 14th and 15th, 1864; Petersburg, Va., July, Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec., 1864; Jan. and Feb. 1865.

References & notes

Basic information from Booth1. His middle initial, from Owen2, may stand for Bernard - Michel Bernard Cantrelle is a name going back to the 1750s in St James Parish.


c. 1839 in LA


1   Booth, Andrew B., Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands, 3 Volumes, New Orleans: State of Louisiana, 1920, Vol. 2, pg. 246  [AotW citation 13196]

2   Owen, William Miller, In Camp and Battle with the Washington Artillery of New Orleans, Boston: Ticknor & Co., 1885, pg. 449  [AotW citation 13200]