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C. Albright

C. Albright

Federal (USV)


Charles Albright

(1830 - 1880)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: Dickinson College (1848-51)

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 132nd Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He studied the law, was admitted to the bar in 1852, and began to practice in Mauch Chunk, PA. He was in the territory of Kansas 1854-56 with the Western Pennsylvania Kansas Company encouraging new settlement of families opposed to slavery and committed to temperance. He was a delegate to the Republican Convention in 1860. He mustered as Major of the 132nd Pennsylvania Infantry on 21 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with his Regiment on the Campaign, and commanded briefly on 13 September 1862 in the temporary absence of its Colonel and Lieutenant Colonel.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in October to date from 18 September 1862. He was promoted to Colonel 24 January 1863, led his regiment, and briefly the Brigade, at Chancellorsville, and mustered out with his Regiment on 2 May 1863 at the end of its term of service. He was Colonel of the 34th Regiment, Emergency Militia 3 June - 24 August 1863 for the Gettysburg Campaign. He was then commissioned Colonel of the 202nd Infantry, mustering on 3 September 1864. He was honored by brevet to Brigadier General of Volunteers on 7 March 1865, and mustered out 3 August 1865.

After the War

He returned to his law practice in Mauch Chunk. He was elected to the US House of Representatives in in 1872 and served to 3 March 1875, but did not seek reelection. He was also in iron manufacturing before his death.

References & notes

His service from Bates.1 His picture, from a photograph, and other details from Hitchcock's history.2 Additional life information from his Congressional Biography3 and a post about him and fellow Dickinsonian George Baylor, from Dickinson's House Divided project. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


12/13/1830; Bucks County, PA


09/28/1880; Mauch Chunk, PA; burial in Mauch Chunk Cemetery, Mauch Chunk, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, various  [AotW citation 16591]

2   Hitchcock, Frederick Lyman, War from the Inside : the Story of the 132nd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry ... 1862-1863, Philadelphia: J.D. Lippincott Company, 1904, opp. pg. 44  [AotW citation 16592]

3   US Congress, Congressional Biographical Directory, Published c. 2000, first accessed 01 January 2002, <>, Source page: /scripts/  [AotW citation 16593]