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Army 1
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13 Jan 1834 2
Shippensburg PA 2
07 Nov 1915 2
Minnesota 2

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Full Name:
Christopher B Heffelfinger 1
13 Jan 1834 2
Shippensburg PA 2
07 Nov 1915 2
Minnesota 2

Civil War (Union) 1

Army 1
Major 2
D 1
Discharge Rank:
Capt 1
Enlistment Rank:
Sgt 1
Military Unit:
1st Infantry 1
Minnesota 1

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Christopher B. Heffelfinger was born in Pennsylvania in 1834 and came to Minneapolis in 1857. From 1861 through 1864 he served in Company D of the First Minnesota Infantry Regiment, rising in rank from sergeant to captain. After serving the full term of his three-year enlistment, Heffelfinger was mustered out at Fort Snelling in May 1864. After a brief appointment as a relief agent in the United States Sanitary Commission in 1864, he re-enlisted in April 1865 and was appointed a major in the First Minnesota Regiment of Heavy Artillery.

Residence was not listed; 26 years old.
Enlisted on 4/29/1861 as a Sergeant.
On 4/29/1861 he mustered into "D" Co. MN 1st Infantry 
He was Mustered Out on 5/4/1864
He was listed as: Wounded 7/2/1863 Gettysburg, PA
1st Sergt 
2nd Lieut 
1st Lieut 
Major (1st MN HA)
Capt 7/4/1863 

Christopher B Heffelfinger was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania on January 13, 1834.
He was working as a painter when the war broke out. 

He enlisted and on Apr 29, 1861, was mustered as a private in Company D of the First Minnesota Infantry. That same day he was promoted to Sergeant. On November 27, 1861, Chris was promoted to 2nd lieutenant. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on September 17, 1862. 

He was slightly wounded at Gettysburg, on July 3rd, during the repulse of Pickett's charge. A minnie ball pierced his coat and made a hole at the top of the pocketbook he carried in his inside breast pocket. The ball broke the pencil on the inside cover, glanced off and seared the skin of his chest, almost knocking him down. He continued carrying the book thrughout the rest of the war.

Later, on July 25, 1863, he was promoted to Captain of Company D, from the date of July 4, 1863. This last promotion occurred after so many officers had been killed or wounded at Gettysburg. Being only slightly wounded in the chest, he was one of the few who had survived the battle able to continue to fight on another day.

On Dec 20, 1863, while on leave, he married Mary E Totten in Pittsburg, PA. She stayed in Pennsylvania, while he returned to the war. He continued to serve with his unit until they were discharged after 3 years of service in May of 1864. 

In 1865, he was tendered a commission as major of the First Minnesota Heavy Artillery, by Gov Stephen Miller. He served with them in Chattanooga, TN, from April to September. They were then returned to Fort Snelling and discharged in Oct, 1865.

After the war he and Mary raised a family in Minnesota.
Chris was a charter member of the Rawlins G. A. R. Post #126 in Minneapolis. On Jan 11, 1884, he became a member of the George N Morgan G. A. R. Post #4, in Minneapolis.

He was one of the commissioners of the project to erect a monument on the field at Gettysburg, to commemorate the unparalleled charge of the "Old First".
Christofer died on November 7, 1915. 

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