Inside the Army of the Potomac: The Civil War Experience of Captain Francis Adams Donaldson
After recovering from a wound incurred at Ball's Bluff, he quickly joined the 118th Pennsylvania. His letters and diary betray a growing disenchantment. Donaldson's fiercely candid observations reveal much about the political life of the Army of the Potomac, and his letters contribute unforgettable descriptions of action at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg.
118th PA Regiment Organization, Service & Battles
Organized at Philadelphia May 15-30, 1862.
Moved to Baltimore, Md., August 31; Thence to Washington, D.C.
Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April, 1864.
3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, to June, 1865.
Service & Battles - 1862
Maryland Campaign September 6-24, 1862.
Battle of Antietam, Md., September 16-17.
Shepherdstown Ford September 19.
At Sharpsburg till October 30.
Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 30-November 19.
Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15.
Reconnoissance to Richard's and Ellis' Fords, Rappahannock River, December 29-30.
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.
Wapping Heights, Va., July 23.
At Warrenton and Beverly Ford to September 17,
And at Culpeper till October 11, Bristoe Campaign October 9-22.
Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8.
Rappahannock Station November 7.
Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2.
Service & Battles - 1864
At Beverly Ford till May, 1864.
Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 12.
Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7;
Laurel Hill May 8;
Spottsylvania May 8-21.
Assault on the Salient May 12.
North Anna River May 23-26.
Jericho Ford May 25.
On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28.
Totopotomoy May 28-31.
Cold Harbor June 1-12.
Before Petersburg June 16-18.
Siege of Petersburg June 16. 1864, to April 2, 1865.
Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23, 1864.
Weldon Railroad August 18-21.
Poplar Springs Church September 29-October 2.
Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27-28.
Warren's Expedition to Hicksford December 7-12.
Service & Battles - 1865
Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865.
Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
Lewis Farm, near Gravelly Run, March 29.
Junction of Quaker and Boydton Roads March 29.
White Oak Road March 31.
Five Forks April 1.
Appomattox Court House April 9.
Surrender of Lee and his army.
March to Washington, D.C., May 1-12.
Grand Review May 23.
Mustered out June 1, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 9 Officers and 132 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 111 Enlisted men by disease. Total 253.