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Federal (USV)


Charles W. Borbridge

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 28th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He was commissioned First Lieutenant, Company I, 28th Pennsylvania Infantry on 4 July 1861.

On the Campaign

He was near his Brigade commander Tyndale when that officer was hit by a gunshot to the back of his head. General Tyndale later wrote:

I wish to record here a disinterested, noble, and courageous action. First Lieutenant, now Captain Charles W Borbridge, of my own regiment, who was one of the last to retreat, seeing me fall, at once turned back, in the face of a heavy fire from the advancing enemy, who were within a hundred yards. He had a rebel battle flag (of which my brigade that day captured, I think, seven) in his hands, but with the aid of a sergeant [Corporal A. Henry Hayward], whose name I could never learn, dragged my apparently dead body, seemingly shot through the head, behind a haystack, at least fifty yards distant. Here I afterwards learned the enemy were stopped by the sharp and continuous fire of the brigade and that position was held by us at least until the wounded were taken off ...

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain, Company C on 8 December 1862. He was wounded at Chancellorsville, VA on 2 May 1863 and transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps on 22 September 1864 as a First Lieutenant, 8th Regiment. He resigned that commission on 13 January 1865.

References & notes

His service from Bates.1 The quote above from John M. McLaughlin's A Memoir of Hector Tyndale (1882).

More on the Web

A sword presented to him by Company C was sold at auction in 2012.


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. 1, pp. 445, 468  [AotW citation 21811]