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11th Pennsylvania Regiment Infantry

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11th Pennsylvania Infantry (3 months) Soldier Roster - History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5, Volume 1 by Samuel P Bates, 1869     View Entire Book

11th Pennsylvania Infantry (3 years) Soldier Roster - History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5, Volume 1 by Samuel P Bates, 1869     View Entire Book

Regimental History
Eleventh Infantry.-Col., Phaon Jarrett; Lieut.-Col., Richard Coulter; Maj., William D. Earnest. The 11th regiment was recruited in the counties of Lycoming, Clinton, Luzerne, Northumberland, Montour and Westmoreland, and was mustered in at Harrisburg, April 23 to 26, 1861, for three months' service. On May 4 it was ordered to West Chester and remained in camp near that place until the 27th. Its first duty was to keep open various approaches to Washington, and to that end details were posted at Newark, Chesapeake City, Charlestown, Perryville and Havre-de-Grace. It was next ordered to Chambersburg; then to Williamsport; and took part in the engagement at Falling Waters, where it lost 1 man killed and 10 wounded. The 11th was then posted at Martinsburg until July 15, when it moved to Bunker Hill, and to Charlestown two days later. It was mustered out at Harrisburg on Aug. 1. The entire regiment was remustered for three years, retaining its number, and was the first three years' regiment from the state. During its three years' service the officers were as follows: Col., Richard Coulter; Lieut.Cols., Thomas S. Martin, Henry A. Frink, Benjamin F. Haines; Majs., Henry A. Frink, John B. Keenan, Benjamin F. Haines, John B. Overmeyer. The men reassembled at Harrisburg and were mustered in up to Nov. 27, when the regiment was ordered to Annapolis. There were nine companies, numbering 813 men. Another company was assigned to the regiment but never joined it. The winter was spent Annapolis and on April 9, 1862, the 11th left for Washington. From there it moved to Manassas Junction, where it was posted along the Manassas Gap railroad. In the Army of Virginia, the regiment took part in the battle of Cedar mountain. In August a detachment of men for the 10th company joined the regiment and the next day the troops made a gallant defense of Thoroughfare gap. At Bull Run the losses were heavy, and the 11th was also active at Chantilly, Antietam and Fredericksburg. This closed the year 1862 and in Jan., 1863, the regiment joined in the famous "Mud March," after which it remained in camp at Fletcher's Chapel until April 29, the opening of the Chancellorsville campaign. At Gettysburg a successful movement on the part of the brigade to which the 11th was attached, resulted in the capture of 500 prisoners. The regiment followed the fortunes of the Army of the Potomac through the Mine Run campaign and in Jan., 1864, over three-fourths of the men reenlisted, which assured the return of the 11th after furlough as a veteran regiment. On March 28 the 11th left Harrisburg for Washington, having added enough recruits to make a total of 590 men. In the activities of the Army of the Potomac during the year, at the Wilderness, Bethesda Church, the North Anna river, Cold Harbor, Petersburg and the Weldon railroad the 11th had its full share. Its final campaign was with the same army in the early part of 1865 and after the surrender of Lee at Appomattox Court House the regiment returned to Harrisburg, where it was mustered out early in July.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 1

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