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Civil War Chaplains

Posted in   by Steven on September 12th, 2011

This is an online presentation of perhaps the largest archive of Civil War chaplain’s photos ever offered as a group. In addition to scans of the two volume collection in situ, persons of particular note also have devoted pages describing their service.

Many of the chaplains in this collection gave succor to soldiers of some of the most celebrated regiments of the war, and performed last rites in such places as Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, and Cold Harbor.

Civil War Chaplain Collection Vol 1

Civil War Chaplain Collection Vol 2

Images of Confederate Preachers


Notable Chaplains in This Collection:

Charles Beck, 26th Pennsylvania Infantry : Veteran unit badly mauled at Gettysburg due to General Sickles.

Winthrop Phelps, 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery: Noted regiment at Cold Harbor and Winchester.

William Utalhofen, 14th Indiana Infantry: “Gibraltar Brigade” of Antietam; Killed In Action at the Battle of the Wilderness.

Edwin B. Raffensberger, 14th Ohio: laid low with fever before 14th Ohio saw action.

Nathan G. Axtell, 30th New York Infantry: Iron Brigade chaplain, later Colonel 192nd NY Infantry.

Anselm Smith, 164th New York Infantry: Irish Legion/Corcoran’s Zoaves; lost arm at Spotsylvania.

Robert B. Yard, 1st New Jersey Infantry: veteran of Second Bull Run, Seven Days.

Levi Norton, 72nd New York Infantry: “Excelsior Brigade.”

James Horton Dill, 89th Illinois Infantry: Died of fever trying to return to regiment against doctor’s orders.

Thorndike Jameson, 2nd Rhode Island Inf/5th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery: 1st Manassas

Henry Trumbull, 10th Connecticut Infantry: POW, prayed at US Grant’s funeral

Hiram J Eddy, 2nd Connecticut Infantry: “The Fighting Parson,” captured at 1st Bull Run with rifle in hand.

George C Crawford, 31st Maine Infantry: veteran of Spotsylvania, Petersburg.

Henry C. Vogel, 61st New York Infantry: Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, Appomattox Court House

Luther French, 20th Maine Infantry: Gettysburg, Little Round Top

Henry Hopkins, 120th New York Infantry: Another “fighting chaplain.”

Andrew Brown Morrison, 26th Ill Infantry: Later commanded 57th US Colored Troops

Henry White, 5th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery: POW at Andersonville, among other camps.

Samuel Merrill, 35th New York Infantry: Veteran of Second Bull Run, Antietam, and Fredericksburg.

Henry Gordon, 123rd New York Infantry: Helped raise the regiment and served as first chaplain.

Addison Whitaker, 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry: preferred girls’ school to combat!

Theodore Holmes, 1st Connecticut Cavalry: Wounded at Ashland, became aide to Custer.

Edward Lyford, 11th New Hampshire Infantry: stayed with regiment even while suffering from malaria.

Alonzo Quint, 2nd Massachusetts Infantry: National Chaplain-in-Chief for GAR.

Peter Tisot, 37th New York Infantry: Veteran of Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville

William Hyde, 112th New York Infantry: Veteran of Cold Harbor, Siege of Petersburg, Ft Fisher

John Pierpont, 22nd Massachusetts Infantry: 76yr old when he enlisted.

Warham Mudge, 9th New york Heavy Artillery: Veteran of Cold Harbor and Monocacy

Warren Cudworth, 1st Massachusetts Infantry: 1st and 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg.

Edward Roe, 2nd New York Cavalry: popular post-war author.

Isaac Duryee, 81st New York Infantry: The 81st New York suffered greatly at Cold Harbor.

Lucius Palmer, 142nd New York Infantry: Regiment’s only chaplain, but not officially commissioned as such.

James Jaquess, 6th Illinois Cavalry/73rd Illinois Infantry: Resigned as chaplain to command 73rd Ill Infantry

William Hatton, 42nd Pennsylvania Infantry: Famed “Pennsylvania Bucktails,” Antietam, South Mountain.

August “Red” Becker, 7th New York Infantry: Lost 243 men killed and wounded out of 488 at Fredericksburg

John VanPetten, 34th New York Infantry: Colonel, 193rd New York Infantry, brevet Brigadier General.

Edward French, 39th Massachusetts Infantry: One of the few officers to survive the war from this regiment.

Father Gallus Erhardt: Benedictine monk, escaped from Texas back to Pennsylvania during war.