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Civil War Soldiers - Heckman

Heckman, Charles A., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Easton, Pa., Dec. 3, 1822, and was graduated at Minerva seminary in his native town in 1837. He served in the Mexican war as sergeant in the 1st U. S. voltigeurs, and at the beginning of the Civil war, on April 20, 1861, was commissioned captain in the 1st Penn. regiment. He became major of the 9th N. J. volunteers, Oct. 3, 1861, lieutenant-colonel Dec. 3, colonel Feb. 10, 1862, and on Nov. 29, 1862, was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers. He served in Burnside's expedition to North Carolina and afterward in the army of the James, was wounded at New Berne and again at Young's cross-roads, N. C., and at Port Walthall, Va., and commanded the defenses of Norfolk and Portsmouth in the winter of 1863-64. He was captured at Drewry's bluff, Va., May 16, 1864, after his brigade had five times repelled a superior force of Confederates, and was taken first to Libby prison and afterward to Macon, Ga., and Charleston, S. C., where he was one of the fifty- one officers that were placed under fire of the national guns. Being exchanged on Aug. 25, he commanded the 18th army corps at the capture of Fort Harrison or Chaffin's farm, and was in command of the 25th corps in Jan. and Feb., 1865. Resigning at the close of the war, May 25, 1865, he retired to civil life and became member of the board of education in Phillipsburg, N. J. Gen. Heckman died Jan. 14, 1896.

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

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