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81st Pennsylvania Regiment

Recruited in the city of Philadelphia, Carbon County, Luzerne County, PA


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81st PA Regiment Organization, Service & Battles

    Organization
  • Organized at Philadelphia October, 1861.
  • At Easton, Pa., till October 10.
  • Moved to Washington, D.C., October 10.
  • Attached to Howard's Brigade, Richardson's Division, Army Potomac, to March, 1862.
  • 1st Brigade. 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army Potomac, to June, 1865.
    Service & Battles - 1862
  • Duty in the Defences of Washington, D.C., till March, 1862.
  • Advance on Manassas, Va., March 10-15.
  • Reconnoissance to Gainesville March 20.
  • Operations on Orange & Alexandria Railroad March 28-31.
  • Ordered to the Virginia Peninsula.
  • Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4.
  • Construction of Grape Vine Bridge on Chickahominy May 28-30.
  • Battle of Fair Oaks (Seven Pines) May 31-June 1.
  • Fair Oaks June 18.
  • Fair Oaks Station June 21.
  • Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1
  • Orchard Station June 28.
  • Peach Orchard, Allen's Farm, June 29.
  • Savage Station June 29.
  • White Oak Swamp Bridge and Glendale June 30.
  • Malvern Hill July 1.
  • At Harrison's Landing till August 16.
  • Movement to Fortress Monroe, thence to Alexandria and Centreville August 16-30.
  • Centreville September 1.
  • Maryland Campaign September 6-24.
  • Battle of Antietam, Md., September 16-17.
  • Moved to Harper's Ferry, W. Va., and duty there till October 29.
  • Reconnoissance to Charlestown October 16-17.
  • Advance up Loudoun Valley and movement to Falmouth, Va., October 29-November 17.
  • Snicker's Gap November 2.
  • Manassas Gap November 5-6.
  • Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15.
    Service & Battles - 1863
  • At Falmouth till April, 1863.
  • Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6.
  • Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5.
  • Reconnoissance to the Rappahannock June 9.
  • Kelly's Ford June 10.
  • Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 13-July 24.
  • Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3.
  • Pursuit of Lee July 5-24.
  • Duty on line of the Rappahannock till September.
  • Advance from the Rappahannock to the Rapidan September 13-17.
  • Bristoe Campaign October 9-22.
  • Auburn and Bristoe October 14.
  • Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8.
  • Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2.
  • Mine Run November 28-30.
    Service & Battles - 1864
  • At Stevensburg till May, 1864.
  • Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7.
  • Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 12.
  • Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7;
  • Corbin's Bridge May 8; Spottsylvania May 8-12;
  • Po River May 10;
  • Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21.
  • Assault on the Salient May 12.
  • Landten House May 18.
  • North Anna River May 23-26.
  • Line of the Pamunkey May 26-28.
  • Totopotomoy May 28-31.
  • Cold Harbor June 12.
  • Before Petersburg June 16-18.
    Service & Battles - 1865
  • Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.
  • Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23, 1864.
  • Demonstration north of the James at Deep Bottom July 27-29.
  • Deep Bottom July 27-28.
  • Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30 (Reserve).
  • Demonstration north of the James at Deep Bottom August 13-20.
  • Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18.
  • Ream's Station August 25.
  • Reconnoissance to Hatcher's Run December 7-10.
  • Hatcher's Run December 8.
  • Dabney's, Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865.
  • Watkins' House, Petersburg, March 25.
  • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
  • On line of Hatcher's and Gravelly Runs March 29-30.
  • Hatcher's Run or Boydton Road March 31.
  • White Oak Road March 31.
  • Sutherland Station April 2.
  • Sailor's Creek April 6.
  • High Bridge, Farmville, April 7.
  • Appomattox Court House April 9.
  • Surrender of Lee and his army.
  • March to Washington, D.C., May 2-12.
  • Grand Review May 23.
  • Mustered out June 29, 1865.
  • 18 Officers and 190 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 96 Enlisted men by disease. Total 306.



81st PA Regiment Medal of Honor Recipients

  • ROBINSON, THOMAS: Tamaqua, born in Ireland. Private, Company H, 81st Pennsylvania Infantry. Spotsylvania, Va., 12 May 1864. Citation: 1 December 1864. Capture of flag in a hand-to-hand conflict.





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