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Civil War Soldiers - Biddle

Biddle, Charles J., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Philadelphia in 1819. He was a son of Nicholas Biddle, of United States Bank fame, graduated at Princeton college in 1837, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1840, served as a captain of the Voltigeurs in the U. S. army in the Mexican war, and was in the actions of Contreras, Churubusco, Molino del Rey, Chapultepec, and the taking of the City of Mexico, and was brevetted major for gallant and meritorious services. At the close of that war he resumed the practice of his profession in his native city. On June 21, 1861, he was appointed a colonel in the Penn. Reserve Volunteer Corps, and on Aug. 31, was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers, but declined the appointment. In October he was elected a member of the 37th Congress, and on Dec. 11, resigned his commission as colonel. After the war he became one of the proprietors and editor-in-chief of the Philadelphia Age, and he died in Philadelphia, Sept. 28, 1873.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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