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Benjamin C. Christ

Born: Sep 12, 1824

Death: Mar 27, 1869

Birthplace: Minersville

Nationality: United States

Benjamin C. Christ

Date of Birth : Sep 12, 1824
Date of Death : Mar 27, 1869
Birth Place : Minersville

Benjamin C. Christ was an officer in the Union army during the American Civil War. He commanded a brigade in the IX Corps of the Army of the Potomac at several important battles, including the Battle of Antietam. Christ grew up in Minersville, Pennsylvania, where, as an adult, he was a coal merchant and a hotel proprietor. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Christ received an appointment on April 21, 1861, as the lieutenant colonel of the 5th Pennsylvania Infantry. He mustered out July 25 at the end of the regiment's 3-months service. In September, he was appointed as colonel of the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, and participated in the Battle of Port Royal. Soon he was in command of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division of the IX Corps. At Chantilly, he assumed temporary command of his division upon the death of, Isaac Stevens. He returned to command of the 1st Brigade and fought at the battles of South Mountain and at Antietam near Burnside's Bridge. Shortly after Antietam he was transferred to command of the 2nd Brigade in the 1st Division. This brigade he led at the Battle of Fredericksburg.

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