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Stone's Brigade and the Fight for the McPherson Farm
Stone’s (Bucktail) Brigade fought one of the most desperate actions of the battle. The defense of the McPherson farm bought valuable time for more Union units to arrive in the area and deploy for the ultimate victory at Gettysburg.
143rd PA Regiment Organization, Service & Battles
Organized at Wilkes-Barre October 18, 1862.
Left State for Washington, D.C., November 7, and duty in the Defenses of that city till January 17, 1863.
Attached to 1st Brigade, Defences of Washington, north of the Potomac, to January, 1863.
2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to December, 1863.
1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 1st Army Corps, to March, 1864.
3rd Brigade, 4th Division, 5th Army Corps, to June, 1864.
1st Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, to September, 1864.
1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, to February, 1865.
Hart's Island, New York Harbor, Dept. of the East, to June, 1865.
Service & Battles - 1863
Ordered to Join Army of the Potomac in the field January, 1863.
Duty at Belle Plains, Va., till April 27.
Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6.
Operations at Pollock's Mill Creek April 29-May 2.
Battle of Chancellorsville May 2-5.
Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24.
Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3.
Pursuit of Lee July 5-24.
Duty at Bealeton Station till October.
Bristoe Campaign October 9-22.
Haymarket October 19.
Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8.
Warrenton November 7.
Guard at Manassas Junction November 22-December 5.
Service & Battles - 1864
Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7, 1864.
Duty near Culpeper till May.
Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 12.
Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7;
Laurel Hill May 8;
Spottsylvania May 8-12;
Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21.
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.
Bethesda Church June 1-3.
Before Petersburg June 16-18.
Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to February 10, 1865.
Mine Explosion July 30, 1864 (Reserve).
Weldon Railroad August 18-21.
Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27-28.
Warren's Raid to Weldon Railroad December 7-12.
Service & Battles - 1865
Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865.
Ordered to New York February 10.
Assigned to duty at Hart's Island, New York Harbor, guarding prison camp, and escorting recruits and convalescents to the front till June.
Mustered out June 12, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 143 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 150 Enlisted men by disease. Total 303.
43rd PA Regiment Medal of Honor Recipients
DELACEY, PATRICK: Carbondale, First Sergeant, Company A, 143rd Pennsylvania Infantry. Wilderness, Va., 6 May 1864. Citation given: 24 April 1894. Running ahead of the line, under a concentrated fire, he shot the color bearer of a Confederate regiment on the works, thus contributing to the success of the attack.
RUTTER, JAMES M.: Wilkes-Barre, Sergeant, Company C, 143rd Pennsylvania Infantry. Gettysburg, Pa., 1 July 1863. Citation given: 30 October 1896. At great risk of his life went to the assistance of a wounded comrade, and while under fire removed him to a place of safety.
143rd PA Regiment Burials
Alden, William D.; Private, buried Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA.
Chamberlain, George; Private, died Aug 20, 1863, buried Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA