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Federal (USV)


Christopher P. Kane

(c. 1839 - 1913)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 96th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

From Port Carbon, he enlisted at age 22 on 15 September 1861 in Company C, 96th Pennsylvania Infantry.

On the Campaign

Wounded in action at Crampton’s Gap on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

Captured in action at White Plains, VA on 25 July 1863. He was confined in Libby prison, Richmond, VA, at Belle Isle, Castle Thunder, and finally at Andersonville, GA.

From a letter written on 1 April 1864 by Captain I.E. Severn, about Kane’s Capture:

Hd. Qrs. 96th Regt. Penna Vol.
I have the honor to make the following statement and request that the men named may be taken up on the company rolls without trial. Private Christopher Kane Co. C 96th Regt. Penna. Vols. On the 25th July 63 the regiment was in camp at White Plains Va. and a night move toward near Baltimore - In the afternoon Kane received permission from his Capt. to go to a creek within the limits of the brigade for the purpose of washing his clothing, not returning and nothing being heard from him- at the time of making up the rolls for July-August he was dropped as a deserter-it has since appeared for the witness of private Harry Groatman of the same company taken prisoner about the same time and exchanged in October, now with the regiment and from letters received by his Captain and members of his family that he was captured by guerrillas on the 25th of July and was sent to Richmond and remains there a prisoner of war at this time.

Kane wrote a letter to the Pottsville Miners Journal on December 3, 1864.
Editors, Miners Journal: Oblige a returned prisoner, a member of the 96th Regt. P.V. by inserting this in the column of your paper. I have been a prisoner for sixteen months, and been in all the rebel hells in the confederacy. There were twenty three captured members of the Regiment at Andersonville when I left. All of the names I do not know. The following are those I Know: S. Bishop, Co. C; E Pritchard and M Larkin Co. A; T. Prosser, D. R. Erdman and D. Engle of Co. H; A. Sandy and D. Williams, and E Hardman of Co. G and Maddox, of Co. F. The deaths have been: A Wike, Co.B died June 30, 1864; J. Bonsinger, Co.E died July 15, 1864, and S. Bishopp, Co. C, died October 22, 1864. The following are here in camp; E. Gearing, Co.G and J. Devitt, Co. I there are several more whose names I do not know.
He mustered out on 23 January 1865.

References & notes

Basic information from Bates1. Details from Company C Roster information online transcribed online by Stu Richards at Schuylkill County Military History, source also of the letters quoted above. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1839


1913; burial in Greenmount Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, 96th Infantry  [AotW citation 15338]