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90th Pennsylvania Regiment

Recruited in the city of Philadelphia, PA

90th PA Regiment Companies

90th PA Regiment Organization, Service & Battles

  • Organized at Philadelphia October 1, 1861.
  • Moved to Baltimore, Md., March 31, 1862, thence to Washington, D.C., April 21 and to Aquia Creek Landing, Va., and duty there till May 9.
  • Attached to 1st Brigade, 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, 1864.
  • 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, to May, 1864.
  • 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, to June, 1864.
  • 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, to September, 1864.
  • 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, to November, 1864.
    Service & Battles - 1862
  • Duty near Fredericksburg, Va., till May 25.
  • Expedition to Front Royal to intercept Jackson May 25-June 16.
  • 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.
  • Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7, 1864.
  • Duty on Orange & Alexandria Railroad till May.
  • 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.
    Service & Battles - 1863
  • Siege of Petersburg June 16 to November 26, 1864.
  • Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30.
  • Weldon Railroad August 18-21.
  • Reconnoissauce to Dinwiddie Court House September 15.
  • Consolidated with 11th PA Infantry November 26, 1864.
    Regimental Losses
  • Regiment lost during service 5 Officers and 98 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 126 Enlisted men by disease. Total 230.

90th PA Regiment Medal of Honor Recipients

  • BREYER, CHARLES: Sergeant, Company I, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry. Rappahannock Station, Va., 23 August 1862. Citation: 8 July 1896. Voluntarily, and at great personal risk, picked up an unexploded shell and threw it away, thus doubtless saving the life of a comrade whose arm had been taken off by the same shell.

  • BEYER, HILLARY: Second Lieutenant, Company H, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry. Antietam, Md., 17 September 1862. Citation: 30 October 1896. After his command had been forced to fall back, remained alone on the line of battle, caring for his wounded comrades and carrying one of them to a place of safety.

  • PAUL, WILLIAM H.: Philadelphia, Private, Company E, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry. Antietam, Md., 17 September 1862. Citation given: 3 November 1896. Under a most withering and concentrated fire, voluntarily picked up the colors of his regiment, when the bearer and 2 of the color guard had been killed, and bore them aloft throughout the entire battle.

  • SCHEIBNER, MARTIN E.: Born in Russia. Private, Company G, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry. Mine Run, Va., 27 November 1863. Citation given: 23 June 1896. Voluntarily extinguished the burning fuse of a shell which had been thrown into the lines of the regiment by the enemy.

  • SELLERS, ALFRED J.: Plumsteadville, Major, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry. Gettysburg, Pa., 1 July 1863. Citation given: 21 July 1894. Voluntarily led the regiment under a withering fire to a position from which the enemy was repulsed.

  • SHIEL (SHIELDS), JOHN: Cresson, Corporal, Company E, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry. Fredericksburg, Va., 13 December 1862. Citation given: 21 January 1897. Carried a dangerously wounded comrade into the Union lines, thereby preventing his capture by the enemy.

  • WHITE, J. HENRY: Philadelphia, Private, Company A, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry. Rappahannock Station, Va., 23 August 1862. Citation given: 5 May 1900. At the imminent risk of his life, crawled to a nearby spring within the enemy's range and exposed to constant fire filled a large number of canteens, and returned in safety to the relief of his comrades who were suffering from want of water.

90th PA Regiment Execution

  • Smitz, William 90th PA Infantry Oct 2, 1865 Firing Squad for Desertion Civil War Databases

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