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205th Pennsylvania Regiment

Recruited in Blair county, Berks county, Mifflin county, Huntingdon county, Blair county, Dauphin county, and Franklin county, PA

205th PA Regiment Soldier Biographies

205th PA Regiment Companies

205th PA Regiment Organization, Service & Battles

  • Organized at Harrisburg September 2, 1864.
  • Moved to Washington, D.C., September 5, thence to City Point, Va., in charge of 1,300 Recruits.
  • Attached to Provisional Brigade, Defences of Bermuda Hundred, Va., Army of the James, to October, 1864.
  • Hartranft's Provisional Brigade, 9th Army Corps, Army Potomac, to December, 1864.
  • 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Army Corps, to June, 1865.
    Service & Battles - 1864 -1865
  • Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond, Va., September, 1864, to April, 1865.
  • Duty at City Point, Va., constructing fortifications, till October 9, 1864.
  • Picket with Army of the James till October 29.
  • Join Army Potomac October 29.
  • Movement in support of Weldon Railroad Expedition December 7-11.
  • Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865.
  • Fort Stedman March 25.
  • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
  • Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2.
  • Pursuit of Lee to Burkesville.
  • Moved to City Point, thence to Alexandria April 21-28, and duty there till June.
  • Grand Review May 23.
  • Mustered out June 2, 1865.
    Regimental Losses
  • Regiment lost during service 3 Officers and 37 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 17 Enlisted men by disease. Total 57.

205th PA Regiment Medal of Honor Recipients

  • LILLEY, JOHN: Private, Company F, 205th Pennsylvania Infantry. Petersburg, Va., 2 April 1865. Citation given: 20 May 1865. After his regiment began to waiver he rushed on alone to capture the enemy flag. He reached the works and the Confederate color bearer who, at bayonet point, he caused to surrender with several enemy soldiers. He kept his prisoners in tow when they realized he was alone as his regiment in the meantime withdrew further to the rear.