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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