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Stop the Evil: A Civil War History of Desertion and Murder
Relates the true tale of William H. Howe a German immigrant who spoke little English. He fought the battle of Fredericksburg, became violently ill and walked home from Virginia. When drunken authorities arrived to arrest him, the situation quickly sank into chaos and one man died. The author takes us through the 116th Pennsylvania's experiences leading to the battle of Fredericksburg, Howe's desertion, the violent night of his attempted arrest, his escape and capture, two courts-martial, and his execution.
116th PA Regiment Organization, Service & Battles
Organized at Philadelphia June 11 to September 4, 1862.
Left State for Washington, D.C., August 31, thence moved to Rockville, Md., September 7.
Moved to Fairfax Court House September 21 and duty there till October 6.
Moved to Harper's Ferry, W. Va., October 6.
Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to June, 1864.
4th Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, to July, 1865.
Service & Battles - 1862
Duty at Harper's Ferry till October 29.
Advance up Loudoun Valley and movement to Falmouth, Va., October 29-November 17.
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 Chancellorsville May 1-5.
Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24.
Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3.
Pursuit of Lee July 5-24.
Advance from Rappahannock to the Rapidan September 13-17.
Bristoe Campaign October 9-22.
Auburn and Bristoe October 14.
Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8.
Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2.
Service & Battles - 1864
Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7, 1864.
Duty at Stevensburg till May.
Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 12.
Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7;
Spottsylvania May 8-12;
Po River May 10;
Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21.
Assault on the Salient May 12.
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 on north side of the James River July 27-29.
Deep Bottom July 27-28.
Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30 (Reserve).
Demonstration on north side of James River at Deep Bottom August 13-20.
Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18.
Ream's Station August 25.
Front of Forts Morton and Sedgwick October 27.
Reconnoissance to Hatcher's Run December 9-10.
Dabney's Mills February 5-7, 1865.
Watkins' House, Petersburg, March 25.
Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
Hatcher's Run or Boydton Road March 31.
White Oak Road March 31.
Sutherland Station April 2.
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 2.
March to Washington, D. C, May 2-12.
Grand Review May 23.
Companies "A," "B," "C" and "D" mustered out June 3, 1865.
Companies "E," "F," "G," "H," "I" and "K" mustered out July 14, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 137 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 88 Enlisted men by disease. Total 234.
116th PA Regiment Medal of Honor Recipients
MULHOLLAND, ST. CLAIR A: Philadelphia, born in Ireland. Major, 116th Pennsylvania Infantry. Chancellorsville, Va., 4 and 5 May 1863. Citation given: 26 March 1895. In command of the picket line held the enemy in check all night to cover the retreat of the Army.
SEITZINGER, JAMES M.: Worcester, born in Germany, November 24, 1846. Private, Company G, 116th Pennsylvania Infantry. Cold Harbor, Va., 3 June 1864. Citation given: 1 March 1906. When the color bearer was shot down, this soldier seized the colors and bore them gallantly in a charge against the enemy.
SACRISTE, LOUIS J.: (Photo) Born in New Castle County, Del. First Lieutenant, Company D, 116th Pennsylvania Infantry. Chancellorsville, Va., 3 May 1863. Citation: 3I January 1889. Saved from capture a gun of the 5th Maine Battery. Voluntarily carried orders which resulted in saving from destruction or capture the picket line of the 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps. (August 6, 1999)
116th PA Regiment Executions
Haley, James Oct 16, 1863 Firing Squad for Desertion
Howe, William H. (born William Henry Hauck) Aug 25, 1864 Hanged for Desertion and Murder