POST WAR CABINET CARD PHOTO OF HARD FIGHTING - THREE TIMES WOUNDED - IRISH BRIGADE OFFICER - GETTYSBURG

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Image is of Captain Charles M. Granger (also spelled Grainger) who served in both Company B & D of the 88th New York Infantry of the famous Irish Brigade.

Card meas. 4.25 x 6.50 inches and shows Granger is a white shirt and dark civilian suit. He wears a dark tie with a wide knot. Attached to the knot is a circular pin with a 2nd Corps badge at center and what looks to be “GETTYSBURG” printed across the center of the badge.

Paper image is mounted on dark heavy stock imprinted with “VICTOR ACKER, 159 SIXTH AVENUE, N.Y.” in gold print across the bottom. Image has great contrast and good clarity with only light surface dirt.

The reverse of the card is gray and has two different period inscriptions. The first inscription is in old blue ink and reads “VERY TRULY YOURS / CHAS. M. GRANGER / NEW YORK CITY / SEPT. 17/87.” The second inscription is of the same period and is done in black ink and reads “AN OLD COMRADE / CAPTAIN IN THE 88TH / N.Y. VET VOLS. / IRISH BRIGADE.”

Charles M. Granger was born in Mallow, County Cork, Ireland on August 9, 1840. When he came to the United States is not known. Granger was 21 years old when he enlisted as a Sergeant in Company B, 88th New York Infantry on December 10, 1861.

The 88th New York was assigned to the 2nd Corps of the Army of the Potomac and saw service on the Peninsula, South Mountain and Antietam. Sergeant Granger was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant to date from the battle of Antietam and was made 1st Lieutenant on November 26th of that same year.

At Fredericksburg on the 13th of December 1862 Lt. Granger received his first wound. To what degree he was wounded is not known. At Chancellorsville in May of 1863 Lt. Granger was wounded for a second time and during the fighting at Gettysburg he received his third wound.

The opening of Grant’s Overland Campaign in 1864 saw Granger promoted to Captain. He fought at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Totopotomy, Cold Harbor and Petersburg.

During the fighting at the Weldon Railroad on June 22, 1864 Captain Granger was captured. He was confined at Macon, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina before he managed to escape on January 1, 1865. He was finally mustered out at Alexandria, Virginia on June 30, 1865.

He died in Flatbush on June 7, 1915 and was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn. Civilian records for him use the Grainger spelling of his last name.

With the item are some loose pages from the Official Records containing the after action report for the 88th New York at Gettysburg and some internet research.

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