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C. Griffin

C. Griffin

Federal (USA)

Brigadier General

Charles Griffin

(1825 - 1867)

Home State: Ohio

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1847;Class Rank: 23rd

Command Billet: Brigade Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Corps


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

After graduating from West Point, he served in the Mexican War and on frontier duty with the 2nd US Artillery in the Southwest. He was instructor of artillery at West Point in 1859-'61, He was made Captain in April 1861 and was in command of the "West Point Battery" at Bull Run. He was commissioned Brigadier General of Volunteers on 9 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He was in command of the 2nd Brigade,1st Division of the V Corps,and was not engaged. He did see action at Blackford's Ford on the Potomac Ford near Shepherdstown on the 20th.

The rest of the War

He was present at Gettysburg, and led a division from the Wilderness to Appomattox.

After the War

On 28 July, 1866, he was made colonel of the 35th infantry, and in 1867 commanded the Department of Texas, with headquarters at Galveston. On 5 September, 1867, while the yellow fever was raging at Galveston, he was assigned to the temporary command of the 5th military district on the removal of General Sheridan, and ordered to make his headquarters at New Orleans. He replied that "to leave Galveston at such a time was like deserting one's post in time of battle." He died of Yellow Fever at that post.

References & notes

Source: Heitman, Francis Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, Washington, US Government Printing Office, 1903; and
Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. Six volumes, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887-1889

More on the Web

Also see a fine biographical sketch from the Granville Ohio Historical Society [pdf].


12/18/1825; Granville, OH


9/15/1867; Galveston, TX; burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC