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88th Pennsylvania Regiment

Recruited in Berks County, and the city of Philadelphia, PA.


88th PA Regiment Newspaper Transcription




88th PA Regiment Companies




88th PA Regiment Organization, Service & Battles

    Organization
  • Organized at Philadelphia September, 1861.
  • Left State for Washington, D.C., October 1.
  • At Kendall Green, Washington, D.C., till October 12.
  • Provost duty at Alexandria till April 17, 1862. (Cos. "A," "C," "D," "E" and "I" garrison forts on Maryland side of the Potomac River February 18 to April 17.) At Cloud's Mills, Va., April 17-23.
  • Guard Orange & Alexandria Railroad between Bull Run and Fairfax Court House till May 7.
  • Attached to 1st Brigade, Ord's 2nd Division, Dept. of the Rappahannock, to June, 1862.
  • 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 3rd Corps, Army of Virginia, to September, 1862.
  • 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army Potomac, to March, 1863.
  • 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps, to May, 1863.
  • 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps, to March, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, to June, 1864.
  • 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, to March, 1865.
  • 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, to June, 1865.
    Service & Battles - 1862
  • Duty near Fredericksburg, Va., till May 25.
  • Expedition to Front Royal to intercept Jackson May 25-June 18.
  • Duty at Manassas, Warrenton and Culpeper till August.
  • Battle of Cedar Mountain August 9.
  • Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16-September 2.
  • Fords of the Rappahannock August 21-23.
  • Thoroughfare Gap August 28.
  • Battle of Bull Run August 30.
  • Chantilly September 1.
  • Maryland Campaign September 6-24.
  • Battles of South Mountain September 14;
  • Antietam September 16-17.
  • Duty near Sharpsburg, Md., till October 30.
  • Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 30-November 19.
  • Battle of Fredericksburg December 12-15.
    Service & Battles - 1863
  • Burnside's 2nd Campaign, "Mud March," January 20-24, 1863.
  • At Falmouth and Belle Plains till April 27.
  • Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6.
  • Operations at Pollock's Mill Creek April 29-May 2.
  • Fitzhugh's Crossing April 29-30.
  • Chancellorsville May 2-5.
  • Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24.
  • Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3.
  • Pursuit of Lee July 5-24.
  • Duty on line of the Rappahannock till October.
  • Bristoe Campaign October 9-22.
  • Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8.
  • Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2.
    Service & Battles - 1864
  • Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7, 1864.
  • Regiment reenlisted February 6, 1864, and on furlough till April 7.
  • Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 12.
  • Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7;
  • Laurel Hill May 8;
  • Spottsylvania May 8-12;
  • Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21.
  • Assault on the Salient May 12.
  • North Anna River May 23-26.
  • Jericho Ford May 25.
  • On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28.
  • Totopotomoy May 28-31.
  • Cold Harbor June 1-12.
  • Bethesda Church June 1-3.
  • White Oak Swamp June 13.
  • Before Petersburg June 16-18.
  • Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.
  • Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864 (Reserve).
  • Weldon Railroad August 18-21.
  • Hatcher's Run October 27-28.
  • Warren's Expedition to Weldon Railroad December 7-12.
    Service & Battles - 1865
  • Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865.
  • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
  • Lewis Farm near Gravelly Run March 29.
  • White Oak Road March 30-31.
  • Five Forks April 1.
  • Pursuit of Lee April 2-9.
  • Appomattox Court House April 9.
  • Surrender of Lee and his army.
  • Moved to Washington, D.C., May 1-12.
  • Grand Review May 23.
  • Mustered out June 30, 1865.
    Regimental Losses
  • Regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 101 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 72 Enlisted men by disease.



88th PA Regiment Medal of Honor Recipients

  • CLARK, JAMES G. Private, Company F, 88th Pennsylvania Infantry. Birth: Germantown, Pa. Citation: Distinguished bravery in action; was severely wounded at Petersburg, Va., 18 June 1864. Date of issue: 30 April 1892.

  • GILLIGAN, EDWARD L. First Sergeant, Company E, 88th Pennsylvania Infantry. Entered service at: Philadelphia, Pa. Birth: Philadelphia, Pa. Citation: Assisted in the capture of a Confederate flag by knocking down the color sergeant at Gettysburg, Pa., 1 July 1863. Date of issue: 30 April 1892.

  • MARTIN, SYLVESTER H. Lieutenant, Company K, 88th Pennsylvania Infantry. Birth: Chester County, Pa.. Citation: Gallantly made a most dangerous reconnaissance, discovering the position of the enemy and enabling the division to repulse an attack made in strong force at Weldon Railroad, Va., 19 August 1864. Date of issue: 5 April 1894.

  • SANDS, WILLIAM First Sergeant, Company G, 88th Pennsylvania Infantry. Entered service at: Reading, Pa. Birth: Reading, Pa. Citation: Grasped the enemy's colors in the face of a deadly fire and brought them inside the lines at Dabney's Mills, Va., 6-7 February 1865. Date of issue: 9 November 1893.





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