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One Hundred and Seventy-third Regiment

173rd PA Regimental History

Companies A, D, F, G, and H, of this regiment, were from the county of Schuylkill, B, C, and I from Lebanon, E from Perry, and K from Dauphin. It was organized at Camp Curtin, during the months of October and November, with the following field officers: Daniel Nagle, of Schuylkill county, Colonel; Zaccur P. Boyer, of Schuylkill county, Lieutenant Colonel; Grant Weidman, of Lebanon county, Major. On the 30th of November, it moved to Washington, whence it was ordered to Suffolk, Virginia, but before reaching Fortress Monroe, its destination was changed to Norfolk.

Upon its arrival there, it reported to General Veile, and was assigned to duty in guarding the approaches to the town at Camp Veile, three miles out. Here the regiment was thoroughly drilled. Subsequently, two companies were stationed at Fort Norfolk, one at Kempsville, twelve miles distant, one at the intrenched lines, an officer and twenty men at Sewell's Point, a non-commissioned officer and twenty-five men at Camp Henry Light House, two companies at the David's Mill Bridge, a non-commissioned officer and six men for guard to the mail boat Arrow, running through the Albemarle Canal to Roanoke, a guard at the Indian Pole Bridge, a guard at Great Bridge, a guard at the Princess Anne Road, and a guard along Farmers' Creek. These detachments were regularly relieved at intervals of a week.

Early in May, 1863, the regiment was ordered to Norfolk, for provost duty, where it remained until the 9th of July. It was then sent with the One Hundred and Seventy-seventh Pennsylvania, to Washington, and thence to Frederick, Maryland, reporting to General Meade, who was moving in pursuit of the rebel army in its retreat from Gettysburg. It was immediately ordered to report to General Howard, in command of the Eleventh Corps, and was assigned to the First Brigade of the Second Division, in which it was associated with the Twenty-seventh and Seventy-third Pennsylvania, One Hundred Thirty-fourth and One Hundred and Fifty-fourth New York regiments.

It was now subjected to long and tedious marches, to which it was little accustomed, and was finally settled in duty to guard the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. On the 13th of August, its term of service having expired, it was ordered to Harrisburg, where, on the 18th, it was mustered out.

Source: Bates, Samuel P. (Samuel Penniman), 1827-1902.: History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5; prepared in compliance with acts of the legislature, by Samuel P. Bates. Civil War Databases

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