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J.C. Bitterling

J.C. Bitterling

Federal (USV)


Johann Charles Bitterling

(c. 1828 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Pennsylvania Reserves (1st Rifles)

Before Antietam

About age 33, from East Mauch Chunk, his occupation listed as soldier, he enrolled in Carbon County on 2 May 1861 and mustered into service as 2nd Lieutenant, Company F, 13th Pennsylvania Reserves on 29 May in Harrisburg.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was originally buried on South Mountain, but his father-in-law Daniel Keipper (1794-1870) and widow Celinda took his body home 8 days later.

References & notes

His service from Bucktails 1 and the Card File,2 both as Charles Bitterling. He's also seen as Charles Pittenling. Details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave, as is a cenotaph in Union-West End Cemetery, Allentown. His picture from a published photgraph of unknown provenance posted to his blog Cultured Carbon County by Ronald Rabenold.

He married Pennsylvania-born Celinda/Cirdinlina Keiper (1829-1917) in about 1855 and they had 4 children. Their first, Charles, died as an infant; the youngest, Eva, was born in July 1862.


c. 1828 in GERMANY


09/14/1862; Turner's Gap, MD; burial in Mauch Chunk Cemetery, Jim Thorpe, PA


1   Thomson, O. R. Howard, and William H. Rauch, History of the "Bucktails", Kane Rifle Regiment of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps (13th Pennsylvania Reserves, 42nd of the Line), Philadelphia: Electric Printing Co., 1906, pg. 384  [AotW citation 22968]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 22969]