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Federal (USV)


Charles A. Berry

(1842 - 1928)

Home State: Minnesota

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Minnesota Infantry

Before Antietam

A 19 year old farmer in St. Anthony, MN, he mustered as Private, Company E, First Minnesota Infantry on 29 April 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the left side in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862. The bullet entered from the front of his chest, just below his ribs. It traveled backward and downward for 5 inches exiting near the 2nd lumbar of his spine.

The rest of the War

He was left on the field, captured and spent some time as a prisoner of war in Richmond. He was released at Aikens Landing, VA, on Oct 6, 1862, and spent 3 months in the hospital before returning to the regiment. He was wounded again, by gunshot to the big toe of his left foot at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863. He was hospitalized at Gettysburg, Fortress Monroe, VA, and Annapolis, MD and transferred to the 2nd Battalion, Veteran Reserve Corps on 12 December 1863. He mustered out at Fort Snelling, MN on 3 May 1864.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson.1 Service from Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars2 with details from Barden & Jorgenson.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


04/04/1842 in ME


04/15/1928; Royalton, MN; burial in Riverside Cemetery, Royalton, MN


1   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. 131  [AotW citation 16408]

2   State of Minnesota, Board of Commissioners, Minnesota in the Civil War and Indian Wars 1861-1865, 2 volumes, St. Paul: Pioneer Press Company, 1890-93, Vol. 1, pg. 56  [AotW citation 20265]

2   Barden, Chuck, and Wayne D. Jorgenson, The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment , Published 2000, first accessed 01 January 2002, <>, Source page: /#/soldier/637  [AotW citation 20266]