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Waiting for Jacob: A Civil War Story
Waiting for Jacob begins with Jacob Greenawalt's letters from college four years before the war when he proclaims his love to his future wife as she waits for him at home. The letters do not end with Jacob's death in 1864, but continue two years later when the nurses that cared for the dying soldier once again reaffirm his love from statements made on his death bed to his grieving widow. A story of the Civil War as well as a love story.
Organized at Pittsburg September 9, 1861, and ordered to Washington, D.C.
Attached to Jameston's Brigade, Heintzelman's Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862.
1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to August, 1862.
1st Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps, to March, 1864.
2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps, to July, 1865.
Service & Battles - 1862
Duty in the Defences of Washington, D. C., till March, 1862.
Moved to the Virginia Peninsula March 16-18.
Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4.
Battle of Williamsburg May 5.
Battle of Fair Oaks, Seven Pines, May 31-June 1.
Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1.
Battles of Oak Grove June 25; Charles City Cross Roads and Glendale June 30;
Malvern Hill July 1.
At Harrison's Landing till August 16.
Movement to Centreville August 16-26.
Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 26-September 2.
Bristoe Station or Kettle Run August 27.
Buckland's Bridge, Broad Run, August 27.
Battles of Groveton August 29; Bull Run August 30; Chantilly September 1.
Guard fords from Monocacy River to Conrad's Ferry till October.
March up the Potomac to Leesburg, thence to Falmouth, Va., October 11-November 19.
Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15.
Service & Battles - 1863
Burnside's 2nd Campaign, "Mud March," January 20-24, 1863.
At Falmouth till April, Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6.
Battle of Chancellorsvile May 1-5.
Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24.
Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3.
Pursuit of Lee July 5-24.
Wapping Heights July 23.
Duty on line of the Rappahannock till October.
Bristoe Campaign October 9-22.
Auburn and Bristoe October 13-14.
Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8.
Kelly's Ford November 7.
Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2.
Service & Battles - 1864
Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7, 1864.
Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 12.
Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7;
Laurel Hill May 8;
Spottsylvania May 8-12;
Po River May 10; Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21.
Assault on the Salient May 12.
Harris Farm, Fredericksburg Road, May 19.
North Anna River May 23-26.
On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28.
Totopotomoy May 28-31.
Cold Harbor June 1-12.
Before Petersburg June 16-18.
Service & Battles - 1865
Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.
Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23, 1864.
Demonstration north of the James at Deep Bottom July 27-29.
Deep Bottom July 27-28.
Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30 (Reserve).
Demonstration on north side of James at Deep Bottom August 13-20.
Strawberry Plains August 14-18.
Poplar Springs Church September 29-October 2.
Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27-28.
Warren's expedition to Hicksford December 7-12.
Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865.
Watkins' House, Petersburg, March 25.
Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
Boydton Road March 30-31.
Crow's House March 31.
Fall of Petersburg April 2.
Sailor's Creek April 6.
High Bridge, Farmville, April 7.
Appomattox Court House April 9.
Surrender of Lee and his army.
At Burkesville till May.
March to Washington, D.C., May 2-12.
Grand Review May 23.
Duty at Alexandria till July.
Mustered out July 11, 1885.
Regiment lost during service 14 Officers and 231 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 139 Enlisted men by disease. Total 384.
105th PA Regiment Medal of Honor Recipients
MITCHELL, ALEXANDER H.: Perrysville, First Lieutenant, Company A, 105th Pennsylvania Infantry. Spotsylvania, Va., 12 May 1864. Citation given: 27 March 1890. Capture of flag of 18th North Carolina Infantry (C.S.A.), in a personal encounter with the color bearer.