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C.H. Hand

C.H. Hand

Federal (USV)


Charles H. Hand

(c. 1834 - ?)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 118th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

In April 1861 the old First Pennsylvania Artillery (a militia unit of Philadelphia since 1814) was reorganized for Federal service and became the 17th Pennsylvania Infantry. Hand enlisted as Private in Company F. The unit was among the first sent to Washington and mustered out at the end of its 90-days service in August. He re-entered service on 11 November 1861 as Sergeant, and was promoted 1st Sergeant, in Company K, 75th Pennsylvania Infantry. He transferred to Company F of the 118th Infantry on 8 September 1862 to take a commission as 2nd Lieutenant (to date from 20 September 1862).

On the Campaign

He was captured in action on 20 September 1862 at Shepherdstown.

The rest of the War

He was made Adjutant of the 118th Regiment on 18 January 1863. He was honored by brevet to Captain (1864) and Major (1865). He mustered out with the Company on 1 June 1865.

References & notes

Basic information and his photograph from Smith1, with details from Bates1. His birth year estimated based on his age (27) at enlistment in the 75th.


c. 1834


Date not known


1   Smith, John L., and Survivor's Association, History of the Corn Exchange Regiment, 118th Pennsylvania Volunteers, 2nd Edition, Philadelphia: J.L. Smith, Map Publisher, 1905, pp. 454, 681, 711  [AotW citation 2054]

2   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 2059]