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Pennsylvania 49th Infrantry

posted Apr 23, 2010, 4:57 PM by James Wise   [ updated Aug 29, 2010, 11:15 PM by Travis Wise ]


Regimental History Pennsylvania 49TH INFANTRY (3 years)
Pennsylvania 49th Infantry Regiment - Brumbaugh Wise Family History
Forty-ninth Infantry.-Cols., William H. Irwin, Thomas M.
Hulings, B. J. Hickman, A. W. Wakefield; Lieut.-Cols., William
Brisbane, Thomas M Hulings, John B. Miles, B. J. Hickman, A. W.
Wakefield, James T Stuart; Majs., Thomas M. Hulings, John B.
Miles, B. J. Hickman, A.W. Wakefield, James T. Stuart, F. W.
Wombacker. The 49th was recruited in the counties of Center,
Chester, Huntingdon, Mifflin and Juniata and was mustered into
the U. S. service at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, Sept. I4, I86I,
for a three years, term.
It was ordered to Washington on Sept. 22, assigned to theIst brigade of Gen. W. F. Smith's division, 4th corps, and camped during the winter near Lewinsville. It joined in the campaign on the Peninsula early in 1862,
performing various siege duties at Yorktown, and fighting at
Williamsburg, Garnett's and Golding's farms, White Oak swamp
and Malvern hill. On Aug. I6, the regiment was sent to
Alexandria, where it was attached to Franklin's corps, which
joined the Army of the Potomac at Centerville and proceeded to
Antietam, engaging the enemy on the way at Crampton's gap.
During this battle the 49th was held in reserve, as it was also
at Fredericksburg in December.
Winter quarters were established at White Oak Church and on Jan. 9, 1864, the regiment was consolidated into a battalion of four companies,
which participated in the "Mud March."
Col. Irwin added enough new recruits to the regiment in April to restore it to its old organization and it was assigned to the 3d brigade, Ist
division, 6th corps, with which it remained until the end of
its service. It was active at Salem Church, present at Deep
run, active at Gettysburg, and then joined in the southward
movement of the army. It was engaged at Rappahannock Station,
and was mentioned in orders for gallantry. It joined in the
Mine Run movement, after which it went into winter quarters at
Hazel Run, where 260 of its members reenlisted and with the
addition of recruits and drafted men the regiment was continued
as a veteran organization.
On May 4, 1864, it broke camp and the next day the command was in the heat of the action at the Wilderness. At Laurel hill the regiment made a most daring assault, but at fearful cost. Col. Hulings, Lieut.-Col. Miles
2 other officers and 61 men being killed and 5 officers and I95
men wounded or missing. The next engagement was the assault on
the angle at Spottsylvania. The loss up to the I4th of the
month when only I30 men were able to report for duty, was 392
killed, wounded or missing. At Cold Harbor the loss was 8
killed and 20 wounded. The regiment proceeded with the army to
Petersburg and on July II, was ordered to Washington, which was
threatened by Gen. Early. It followed Early to the Shenandoah
river and then returned to Washington, but had scarcely arrived
when news of Early's advance upon Crook caused it to return to
Harper's Ferry.
It was active at the battle of Winchester; was
posted on guard in the city for a time; then ordered again to
Petersburg; shared in the action at Hatcher's run, and made its
winter quarters at Fort Wadsworth. It took part in the final
assault on Petersburg; was in the cavalry fight at Sailor's
creek , was then detailed to guard prisoners to Appomattox;
next ordered to Danville, where it remained for a month, and
then returned to Washington, where it arrived June 2 and remained
until mustered out at Hall's hill, July 15, 1865.

Battles fought during Isaac and James Fall's time with the regiment (Feb 26, 1864 - July 15, 1865)

May 05, 1864 at Wilderness, VA

May 7, 1864 at Wilderness, VA

May 10, 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA

May 12, 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA

June 1, 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA

September 19, 1864 at Winchester, VA

April 2, 1865 at Petersburg, VA

April 6, 1865 at Sailor's Creek, VA


Source Information:
Historical Data Systems, comp. American Civil War Battle Summaries [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 1999. Original data: Data compiled by Historical Data Systems of Kingston, MA from the following list of works. Copyright 1997-2000
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