Calling All Descendants of the 139th

Please see this message from Arthur Fox: Name: arthur B. Fox Email: arthurfox6@aol.com Comment: I am now moving forward with my manuscript for a history of the 139th Pa Infantry Regiment. A positive response and go-ahead from McFarland Publishing of North Carolina now makes this future book a reality. Planning to complete the manuscript by …

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Conrad’s GAR Medals

Once again, I am expressing my gratitude for my pack rat ancestors and especially in this case to my Uncle Don Wilkinson who gave these medals to my mother recently.   My plan is to dedicate a section at the end to Conrad’s Grand Army of the Republic activities but I wanted to share the …

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The Battle of Fredericksburg – Part Two

[W]e had the first battle of Fredericksburg – two days of hard fighting with heavy loss. ~ Conrad Smith1)Conrad Smith, My Early Life and the Civil War, 1920, page 26     We slept on our arms last night and daylight this morning found us in line. ~ Elisha Hunt Rhodes2)Bert Hunt Rhodes, All For …

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The Battle of Fredericksburg – Part One

On December [10th] our pontoon boats arrived and the next night, after bombarding the city, we crossed the river on the pontoons in a rain storm and had the first battle of Fredericksburg – two days of hard fighting with heavy loss. ~ Conrad Smith1)Conrad Smith, My Early Life and the Civil War, 1920, pg …

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On the road to Fredericksburg, October 20 – December 4, 1862

The last of October, Lee broke camp and left for Fredericksburg, Virginia.  So we crossed the river, and six days later arrived at Falmouth, a few miles back of Fredericksburg, on the Rappahannock River. ~ Conrad Smith1)Conrad Smith, My Early Life and the Civil War, 1920, page 25 Conrad is not too specific with his …

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“Homesick Camp” and Picket Duty near Hagerstown, Maryland

A few days later [mid-September 1862, after Antietam] we went into our “homesick camp,” near Hagerstown, Maryland for six weeks.  Oh!  The homesick boys!  I was out on picket duty on the Potomac River, watching General Lee’s army which was in camp on the other side, so I had no time to get homesick.  I’ll …

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Regimental Flags

Pittsburgh businessman William Semple, who was instrumental in the formation of four companies of the 139th, presented a national color to Company I, which was used as the regimental color from the time of the regiment’s muster September 1, 1862.1)Advance The Colors: Pennsylvania Civil War Battle Flags, Vol. 2, Richard Sauers, Capitol Preservation Committee, 1998 …

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Joining the Sixth Corps at Antietam

After burying the dead at Bull Run, the 139th “…hastened forward after the army, coming up with it on the 17th of September, the day of the battle of Antietam, and was at once put in line but did not become engaged.”1)History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, Samuel P. Bates, page 378           …

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