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76th Regiment - Keystone Zouaves *

Recruited in Lawrence County, Mercer County, Blair County, York County, Bedford County, Westmoreland Counties, Luzerne County, Beaver county, Allegheny county, Schuylkill County, PA

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76th PA Regiment Organization, Service & Battles

  • Organized at Harrisburg October 18, 1861.
  • Left State for Fort Monroe, Va., October 19.
  • Attached to Wright's 3rd Brigade, Sherman's South Carolina Expedition, to April, 1862.
  • 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. of the South, to July, 1862.
  • District of Hilton Head, S.C., 10th Corps, Dept. South, to April, 1863.
  • Guss' Brigade, Seabrook Island, S.C., 10th Corps, to June, 1863.
  • 2nd Brigade, Folly Island, S.C., 10th Corps, to July, 1863.
  • 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Morris Island, S.C., 10th Corps, July, 1863.
  • 1st Brigade, Morris Island, S.C., 10th Corps, to August, 1863. District of Hilton Head, S.C., 10th Corps, to April, 1864.
  • 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 10th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, to May, 1864.
  • 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 18th Army Corps, to June, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 10th Army Corps, to December, 1864.
  • 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 24th Army Corps, Dept. Virginia, to January, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Terry's Provisional Corps, Dept. North Carolina, to March, 1865.
  • 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 10th Army Corps, Dept. of North Carolina, to July, 1865.
    Service & Battles - 1861
  • Sherman's Expedition to Port Royal, S. C., October 21-November 7, 1861.
    Service & Battles - 1862
  • Duty at Hilton Head, S.C., till May 30, 1862.
  • Operations on James Island, S. C., June 1-28.
  • Battle of Secessionville, S.C., June 16.
  • Evacuation of James Island and movement to Hilton Head June 28-July 7.
  • Duty there till October.
  • Expedition to Pocotaligo, S.C., October 21-23.
  • Frampton's Plantation, Pocotaligo, October 22.
  • Duty at Hilton Head, S.C., till April, 1863, and at Seabrook Island till June.
  • Moved to Folly Island, S.C.
  • Attack on Morris Island, S.C., July 10.
  • Assaults on Fort Wagner, Morris Island, July 11 and 18.
  • Siege operations against Fort Wagner till August.
    Service & Battles - 1864
  • Ordered to Hilton Head, S.C., and duty there till April, 1864.
  • Moved to Yorktown, Va., April.
  • Butler's operations on south side of the James River and against Petersburg and Richmond May 4-28.
  • Capture of Bermuda Hundred May 5.
  • Walthal Junction, Chester Station, May 6-7.
  • Proctor's Creek and operations against Fort Darling May 12-13.
  • Battle of Drewry's Bluff May 14-16.
  • On Bermuda Hundred front May 17-28.
  • Moved to White House, thence to Cold Harbor May 28-June 1.
  • Cold Harbor June 1-12.
  • Before Petersburg June 15-18. Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond June 16 to December 6.
  • Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864 (Reserve).
  • Demonstration on north side of the James at Deep Bottom August 13-20.
  • Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18.
  • Battle of Chaffin's Farm, New Market Heights, September 28-30.
  • Battle of Fair Oaks October 27-28.
  • In trenches before Richmond till December 6.
  • Expedition to Fort Fisher, N. C., December 6-24.
    Service & Battles - 1865
  • Second Expedition to Fort Fisher January 3-15, 1865.
  • Assault on and capture of Fort Fisher January 15.
  • Sugar Loaf Battery February 11.
  • Fort Anderson February 18-19.
  • Capture of Wilmington February 22.
  • Advance on Goldsboro March 6-24.
  • Advance on Raleigh April 9-13.
  • Occupation of Raleigh April 14.
  • Bennett's House April 26.
  • Surrender of Johnston and his army.
  • Duty at Raleigh, N. C., till July.
  • Mustered out July 18, 1865.
    Regimental Losses
  • Regiment lost during service 9 Officers and 161 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 192 Enlisted men by disease. Total 364.

*Zouaves (pronounced zoo-ahh-vah), patterned after the French Zouaves, were elite units especially popular in the Union Army. They were known for their precision on the drill field and for their colorful uniforms consisting of gaiters, baggy pants, short red jackets with trim, and turbans or fezzes.