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Composed of men from Snyder county, Dauphin county, Northumberland county, Blair county, Huntingdon county, Franklin county, Lebanon county, Juniata county, Union county, Bedford county, and Perry county.
Extracts from letters written by Alfred B. McCalmont, late Lt.-Colonel 142nd Regiment, Colonel 208th Regiment and Brev. Brig.-General Pennsylvania Volunteers from the front during the War of the Rebellion. Online at the Digital Library Collections at Penn State
Organized at Harrisburg August 16-September 12, 1864.
Left State for Bermuda Hundred, Va., September 13.
Attached to Provisional Brigade, Defences of Bermuda Hundred, Army of the James, to November, 1864.
Provisional Brigade, 9th Army Corps, Army Potomac, to December, 1864.
1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Army Corps, to June, 1865.
Service & Battles - 1864
Siege operations against Petersburg and, Richmond, Va., September, 1864, to April, 1865.
Picket and fatigue duty on the Bermuda Hundred front till November 27, 1864.
Joined Army Potomac before Petersburg.
Movement in support of Weldon Railroad Expedition December 7-11.
Service & Battles - 1865
Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865.
Fort Stedman March 25.
Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
Assault on and capture of Petersburg April 2.
Pursuit of Lee April 3-9.
At Nottaway Court House April 9-20.
Moved to City Point,
Thence to Alexandria April 20-28.
Duty at Alexandria till June.
Grand Review May 23.
Mustered out June 1, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 19 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 7 Enlisted men by disease. Total 28.
208th PA Regiment Medal of Honor Recipients
HOFFMAN, THOMAS W.: Perrysburg, Pa., unknown County. Captain, Company A, 208th Pennsylvania Infantry. Petersburg, Va., 2 April 1865. Citation: 19 July 1895. Prevented a retreat of his regiment during the battle.