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Federal (USV)

Assistant Surgeon

Charles L. Duffell

(1836 - 1912)

Home State: New Jersey

Education: Jefferson Medical College, Class of 1862

Branch of Service: Medical

Unit: 51st Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

Son of Methodist clergyman David Duffle (1801-), he was a medical student at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1860. After graduating in March 1862 he enrolled as Assistant Surgeon of the 51st Pennsylvania Infantry on 4 August 1862.

On the Campaign

After the battle of Antietam he treated wounded soldiers at a field hospital he called the Big Spring (also known as the Locust Spring or Crystal Spring) hospital on the Geeting Farm near Keedysville, MD.

The rest of the War

He was mustered out of service on the expiration of his term of service on 16 November 1864.

After the War

He practiced medicine in Williamstown, NJ to about 1870 when he began work in the Bodine Glassworks - his in-law's family business. In 1878 he opened a medical practice in Clayton, Gloucester County, NJ. He moved to Salem, NJ by 1900 and was still practicing there in 1910.

He began receiving a veteran's pension in March 1907.

References & notes

Service information from Bates.1 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860-1900, a death notice in The Journal of the American Medical Association of 18 January 1913, and a bio sketch in the Biographical, Genealogical and Descriptive History of the First Congressional District of New Jersey (Vol. 1, 1900). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Phoebe Anna Bodine (1849-1908) in June 1866 and they had 6 children, but only two - daughters Martha and Elsie - lived longer than one year.


04/1836; Camden, NJ


11/20/1912; Salem, NJ; burial in Williamstown Methodist Cemetery, Williamstown, NJ


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 26527]