CDV OF PRIVATE CHRISTOPHER MENGIS, 15TH LOUISIANA INFANTRY

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Oval bust view of Mengis in civilian clothes. The image is clear with good contrast. The mount is in very good condition. No photographer's backmark. A period pencil identification is faint but visible on the back. Above the pencil is an old ink note with more detailed identification. Included with the image is copy of the album page from which the image came, with modern ID and other biographical info; also included is the copy of a handwritten sheet of further information on the letterhead of a woman from New Orleans.

Christopher Mengis (1838 - 1892), enlisted on June 8, 1861, as a private in what would eventually become Company K of the 15th Louisiana Infantry by 1862. He was detailed as a nurse at a hospital in Winchester, VA in fall of 1862 until January of 1863. Mengis was wounded at Chancellorsville. He was captured during the retreat from Gettysburg at South Mountain on July 5. He was sent to Fort McHenry and then on to Fort Delaware. Pvt. Mengis was exchanged on March 7, 1865.

The 15th Infantry Regiment was organized near Richmond, Virginia, in July, 1862, by consolidating the 3rd Louisiana regiment and two companies of the 7th Louisiana Infantry Battalions. The men were from the parishes of Plaquemines, St. Helena, Iberville, Catahoula, and Jefferson. It was assigned to General Starke's, Nicholl's, Iverson's, Stafford's, and York's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. The 15th participated in many conflicts from Cedar Mountain to Cold Harbor, served with Early in the Shenandoah Valley, and saw action around Appomattox. It reported 11 killed and 53 wounded at Second Manassas, had 3 killed and 12 wounded at Sharpsburg, and had 5 killed and 37 wounded at Chancellorsville. Of the 186 engaged at Gettysburg, twenty-one percent were disabled. When the unit surrendered, only 2 officers and 17 men were present.

Mengis is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Vicksburg, MS.

From the collection of the late William Turner.  [jet] [ph:L]

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