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188th Pennsylvania Regiment

Organized from the 152nd PA Regiment.

188th PA Regiment Soldier Biographies

188th PA Regiment Companies

188th PA Regiment Organization, Service & Battles

  • Organized at Fortress Monroe, Va., April 1, 1864, from 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery.
  • Moved from Camp Hamilton, Va., to Yorktown April 25.
  • Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 18th Army Corps,
  • Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, to December, 1864.
  • 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 24th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia, to July, 1865.
  • 2nd Independent Brigade, 24th Army Corps, to August. 1865.
  • Dept. of Virginia, to December, 1865.
    Service & Battles - 1864
  • Butler's operations on south side of James River and against Petersburg and Richmond, Va. May 4-28.
  • Swift Creek or Arrowfield Church May 9-10.
  • Proctor's Creek and operations against Fort Darling May 12-16.
  • Battle of Drewry's Bluff May 14-16.
  • On Bermuda Hundred front May 16-28.
  • Moved to White House,
  • Thence to Cold Harbor May 28-June 1.
  • Battles of Cold Harbor June 1-12.
  • Before Petersburg June 15-18.
  • Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond,
  • June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.
  • Hare's Hill June 24 and 28, 1864.
  • In trenches before Petersburg till September.
  • Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30 (Reserve).
  • Battle of Chaffin's Farm, New Market Heights, north of the James, September 28-30.
  • Battle of Fair Oaks, near Richmond, October 27-28.
    Service & Battles - 1865
  • Duty in trenches before Richmond till March, 1865.
  • Expedition up the Rappahannock to Fredericksburg and destruction of large quantities of tobacco and stores March 5-8.
  • Expedition from Fort Monroe into Westmoreland County March 11-13.
  • March to Signal Hill before Richmond.
  • Occupation of Richmond April 3.
  • Guard and provost duty at Lynchburg and in Central Virginia till December, 1865.
  • Mustered out at City Point, Va., December 14, 1865.
    Regimental Losses
  • Regiment lost during service 10 Officers and 114 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 66 Enlisted men by disease. Total 192.

188th PA Regiment Medal of Honor Recipients

  • BLUCHER, CHARLES Corporal, Company H, 188th Pennsylvania Infantry. Entered service at: Harrisburgh, Pa. Birth: Germany. Citation: At Fort Harrison, Va., 29 September 1864. Planted first national colors on the fortifications. Date of issue: 6 April 1865

  • GRAUL, WILLIAM Corporal, Company I, 188th Pennsylvania Infantry. . Entered service at: Reading, Pa. Birth: Reading, Pa. Citation: At Fort Harrison, Va., 29 September 1864. First to plant the colors of his State on the fortifications. Date of issue: 6 April 1865

  • KRAMER, THEODORE L. Private, Company G, 188th Pennsylvania Infantry. Entered service at: Danville, Pa. Birth: Luzerne County, Pa. Citation: At Chapins Farm, Va., 29 September 1864. Took one of the first prisoners, a captain. Date of issue: 6 April 1865