Christian S. Peterson

Second Lieutenant
Co. G, 52nd New York

Co. A, 190th New York

Christian Peterson was born around 1834 in Denmark.  Upon his enlistment with the 190th NY in 1865 he was a druggist by occupation.  However, his military service first started with the 52nd NY. 

He enlisted on October 14, 1861 in New York City at 27, and was mustered in as the First Sergeant of Co. K, 52nd NY on November 1, 1861.  He was wounded June 1, 1862 at Fair Oaks, Va.  He was promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant on September 1, 1862 and transferred to the regimental staff.  Discharged on October 31, 1862, he was mustered in as the Second Lieutenant of Co. G the next day.  Peterson was dismissed from the army on March 4, 1863 by the order of a Court Martial in General Orders #19 of the Army of the Potomac.

Peterson then enlisted April 6, 1865 at Albany, NY at 31 and mustered in as the Captain of Co. A, 190th NY on the next day.  His term of service was short, as he was mustered out with his company on May 3, 1865 at Harts Island, NY Harbor.

Peterson may have been a friend of Paul Frank.  The 52nd and 190th were both regiments commanded by Frank.  There was also a Christian Peterson, age 27, who served as a Private in Co. C, 5th NY State Militia from May 16, 1861 to August 7, 1861.  Frank had been an officer in the 5th at the same time.  It is probable that Peterson’s military service started with the 5th NYSM and that he wanted to serve under Paul Frank. 

This picture was taken by C. Worms of 186 Bowery, New York City.  As Peterson is a Captain, the picture probably dates from 1865.  Interestingly, he is wearing a metal badge on his breast with the trefoil of the 2nd Corps.  By the time corps badges became established for the Army of the Potomac, Peterson should have already been dismissed from the 52nd.  It is written on the photo that he died on February 19, 1876 and is labeled “Capt. C.S. Peterson – A true gentleman.”

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