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Federal (USV)


Charles R. Eldredge

(1833 - 1886)

Home State: Minnesota

Branch of Service: Sharpshooters

Unit: Minnesota Sharpshooters, Second Company

Before Antietam

He enlisted as Corporal, 2nd Company, Minnesota Sharpshooters on 31 December 1861. He helped recruit for the Company in January 1862:

Mr. C. R. Eldridge [sic], member of Capt Russell's Company of Sharpshooters, is in town, and advertises to have a shooting match at Northfield, on the 20th inst. Mr.E will remain with us until the 25th of Jan, giving all an opportunity to join the Company, after a successful exhibition of their skill, or to make such inquiries as they may think best. His headquarters are at the Mansion House. We hope that all who are desirous of joining a good Company of Sharpshooters will take advantage of Mr Eldridge's presence.

On the Campaign

He was slightly wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was back with his Company by December 1862 with no further record.

References & notes

Service from Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars.1 The quote above from the Northfield (MN) Telegraph of 15 January 1862. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


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1886; Vale, OR; burial in Valley View Cemetery, Vale, OR


1   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. 517  [AotW citation 21301]