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50th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry, United States Civil War

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Date: 1861 to 1865
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50th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry

Overview:
Organized at Harrisburg October 1, 1861. Left State for Washington, D. C., October 2, 1861, thence moved to Annapolis, Md., October 9. Attached to Stevens' Brigade, W. T. Sherman's South Carolina Expedition, to April, 1862. District of Beaufort, S. C., Dept. South, to July, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army Potomac, to September, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April, 1863, and Army of the Ohio to June, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to August, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army Ohio, to April, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army Potomac, to September, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Army Potomac, to July, 1865.

Service:
Sherman's Expedition to Port Royal, S. C., October 21-November 7, 1861. Sailed on Steamer "Winfield Scott" and shipwrecked off coast of North Carolina. Occupation of Beaufort, S. C., December 6. Port Royal Ferry, Coosaw River, January 1, 1862. Duty at Port Royal Island, S. C., till July, 1862. Barnwell's Island, S. C., February 10 (Co. "D"). Pocotaligo May 29. Camp Stevens June 7. Moved to Hilton Head, S. C., thence to Newport News, Va., July 14-18, thence to Aquia Creek and Fredericksburg, Va., August 3-6. Operations in support of Pope August 6-16. Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16-September 2. Sulphur Springs August 24. Battles of Groveton August 29; Bull Run August 30; Chantilly September 1. Maryland Campaign September 6-24. Battles of South Mountain, Md., September 14; Antietam September 16-17. March to Pleasant Valley September 19-October 2, and duty there till October 25. Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 25-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg December 12-15. Burnside's 2nd Campaign January 20-24, 1863. At Falmouth till February 12. Moved to Newport News February 12-14, thence to Kentucky March 21-26. Duty at Paris, Ky. till April 27. Moved to Nicholasville, Lancaster and Stanford April 27-29, thence to Somerset May 6-8, thence through Kentucky to Cairo, Ill., June 4-10, and to Vicksburg, Miss., June 14-17. Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., June 17-July 4. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 5-10. Siege of Jackson July 10-17. At Milldale till August 12. Moved to Covington, Ky., August 12-23. Burnside's Campaign in East Tennessee August to October. Action at Blue Springs, Tenn., October 10. Clinch Mountain October 27. Knoxville Campaign November 4-December 23. Campbell's Station November 16. Siege of Knoxville November 17-December 5. Pursuit of Longstreet's army to Blain's Cross Roads December 5-26. Re-enlisted at Blaln's Cross Roads January 1, 1864. Moved to Annapolis, Md., April, 1864. Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 12. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Ny River May 9; Spottsylvania C. H. May 12-21. Assault on the Salient May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. Ox Ford May 24. Line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Bethesda Church June 1-3. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864. Weldon Railroad August 18-21. Poplar Springs Church or Peeble's Farm September 29-October 2. Reconnoissance on Vaughan or Squirrel Level Road October 8. Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run; October 27-28. Fort Stedman March 25, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee to Burkesville April 3-9. Moved to City Point, thence to Washington, D. C., April 21-28. Grand Review May 23. Present at the laying of corner stone at Gettysburg July 4. Mustered out July 30, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 156 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 4 Officers and 180 Enlisted men by disease. Total 348. [1]

Fox's History

Organized at Harrisburg, Pa., in September, 1861, having been recruited in the central part of the State. Proceeding to Annapolis it was brigaded with General Stevens's command, and in October sailed with General Sherman's (T. W.) expedition to Hilton Head, S. C. The regiment remained in this department several months, during which time it had a varied experience in campaigning and fighting; at Pocotaligo, Captain Charles H. Parker was killed while bravely leading a forlorn hope across the string pieces of an abandoned bridge. In July, 1862, the Fiftieth joined the Ninth Corps at Fort Monroe, then on its way to reinforce Pope. It was actively engaged in the battles of Manassas and Chantilly, in which the regiment lost 19 killed, 119 wounded, and 15 missing; total, 153. After more hard fighting, at Antietam, it was transferred with the Corps to the West, where it participated in the Siege of Vicksburg, it being then in Potter's (2d) Division. In the fighting before Jackson, Miss., the regiment loss its Lieutenant-Colonel, thomas S. Brenholz, who was mortally wounded there. The Fiftieth shared the privations and dangers of the campaign at Knoxville, Tenn., and then returned to Virginia in the spring of 1864, it having reenlisted in the meanwhile and received its veteran furlough. It fought under Grant from the Rapidan to Appomattox, and was mustered out July 30, 1865. Its casualties at Spotsylvania were 23 killed, 109 wounded, and 113 captured or missing. At the dedication of the Gettysburg monument, July 4, 1865, the Fiftieth was present by order of the War Department as a representative of the army.[2]

  1. National Park Service Soldiers and Sailors Database
  2. Taken from; William F. Fox, Lt. Col. U. S. V., Regimental Losses in the American Civil War, 1861-1865: A Treatise on the extent and nature of the mortuary losses in the Union regiments, with full and exhaustive statistics compiled from the official records on file in the state military bureaus and at Washington 1888


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