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Confederate (CSV)


Charles Swiler

(1842 - 1900)

Home State: Louisiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Louisiana Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

An unmarried clerk in New Orleans, he enlisted 7 June 1861, at Camp Moore, LA, in Company H, 7th Louisiana Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was paroled at Fort McHenry in Baltimore and exchanged at City Point, VA on 21 November 1862 and returned to duty. He was captured again, near Fredericksburg, VA on 3 May 1863, held briefly at Fort Delaware, and exchanged at City Point on 23 May. He was with his Company through October, but was captured yet again, at Rappahannock Station, VA on 7 November 1863. He was a prisoner at Point Lookout until paroled and exchanged, on 15 March 1864, at City Point. He was captured for the fourth time, at Fisher's Hill, VA on 22 September 1864 and returned to Point Lookout by way of Harpers Ferry, VA. He was exchanged at Cox's Landing, VA on the James River on 14 or 15 February 1865.

After the War

He returned home to New Orleans.

References & notes

Service information for the Swiler bothers from Booth.1 Details from the 1880 and 1900 US Census. His gravesite is on Findagrave. He may have been removed to the Hope Mausoleum in New Orleans in the 1940s when the Girod Street Cemetery was closed and destroyed.

He married Mary Elizabeth Van Houten (1853-1936) in about 1869, and they had at least 4 children by 1880.

His brother Henry L. Swiler was also in Company H but was killed on 9 July 1864 at the battle of Monocacy, and is buried in Frederick, MD (his modern stone has his death on 19 September 1862; the index to the CSRs says he died of disease on that date).


10/1842; New Orleans, LA


07/03/1900; New Orleans, LA; burial in Girod Street Cemetery, New Orleans, LA


1   Booth, Andrew B., Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands, 3 Volumes, New Orleans: State of Louisiana, 1920, Vol. 3, Book 2, Part 2, pg. 757  [AotW citation 22317]