Saturday, March 19, 2011

PA 147th CO G, Civil War

1889 Reunion, with the monument at Gettysburg Pa

1910 Reunion
Joseph is holding a flag, sitting on the ground directly to the left of the woman.  (2nd man sitting with a flag, from the right)

At the Monument in Tennessee
50th Anniversary

Company G: Epilog

Of the Original 88 men from Snyder County who left in the fall of 1862, 14 never returned to the life they left behind. Four others received wounds severe enough to alter the quality of their lives, or returned with health so broken as to shorten their lives. But all who returned wore determined to get on with their lives.

The two most notable trends in the civilian lives of the Co. G veterans wore that every one of them married (of those not already married), and a number of them moved away from Snyder County, even though their families had been in the same area for two or more generations. Just how much impact the experiences of war may have had to do with it Is difficult to say, but within twenty years of muster out, the boys of Co. G could be found in the following places:
            Wiliamsport      East Lake, Florida
            Hazieton           Carey, Ohio
            Philadelphia      Mt Vernon, Washington
            Muncy Alma, Kansas
            Gowen City      Claypool, Indiana
            Danville            Harlan, Iowa
            Milton              Akron, Ohio
            Easton              Paris, Michigan
            Mazeppa          Lincoln, Nebraska
            Pine Hall           Elkhart, Indiana
            Ligonler            Juniata, Nebraska
            Elizabethvllle     Three Rivers, Michigan
            Sunbury            Oberlin, Kansas
            Russell, Kansas                        The Dakota Territory

It would appear they saw nothing, on their march through the sunny South that appealed to them since none of them relocated to any state through which they had marched. Or did they know they wouldn’t be welcome in those unreconstructed Southern hearts just yet?

The war experience did have an obvious influence in one interesting area -children born to these men after the war wore named after former commanders or President Lincoln. Nelson Byers had no sons so he named his daughter Nellie Sherman. Samuel Jarrett had William Tecumseh (and a George Washington) and Isaac Napp and Elias Miller both had a William Shermans. (No wonder they didn’t move south!). Levi Romig had Siegel McClellan, and Lumbard always did think big he had George Meade. Fred Ulrich had a William Slocum (his great-grandson told me he always wondered where that name came from), and John Riegel didn’t have enough kids to go around so he named one William Abraham Lincoln Riegel (he became a doctor), B.T. Parks had a son named Theodore Byers and one named Sumner (no, I didn’t make a mistake; Parks’s first enlistment was in the 35th PVI and during his time in the Penninsular Campaign his commander was Gen. Sumner). The most prudent one was Michael Schroyer, who named his only son after his future father-in-law who took him in and gave him a job.

Speaking of family, we know that a large number of the Co. G boys were related to each other, but ft started to get more complicated when they began to marry each others’ relatives.
Francis Wallace married Henry Shrawders sister and Harris Bower married Sam Jarrett’s sister.
Fred and James Ulnchs’ younger brother Charles married Capt. Davis’ daughter Laura. Calvin
Parks married Agnes Ryan, daughter of Capt. George Ryan (who died at the Battle of Fredncksburg) and when Parks was killed in a construction accident, she married James Ulnch.
Her sister Annie was already married to James’ brother Fred. Michael Schroyer married his landlord/boss’s daughter, and upon her death, he married her sister. James Smith married Jerry Moyer’s sister, Emma. L wonder how many of them met at the bean soups.
For these men who walked (marched?) over 5,000 miles through 8 states, fought a war with muzzle loaders, and read newspapers by lantern light and candle flame, it must have been truly incredible to see life change as they watched it happen. They saw a nation divide, and then reunite (with their help). In their lifetime, three presidents were assassinated, and one spoke to the nation for the first time over radio waves. They witnessed the invention of automobiles, telephones, radios and phonographs, not to mention electric light bulbs. They lived to witness two more wars - ones in which men fought from airplanes and tanks, using machine guns and poison gas. They saw life change so quickly and completely. Yet they lived long enough to know that people wouldn’t forget, as they grew old and passed on, what they had done for them and their country. And we’re not going to let change, are we?

147th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry
Organized at Loudoun Heights, Va., October 10, 1862, from surplus men of the 28th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry, as Companies "A," "B," "C," "D" and "E."
 Companies "F," G" and "H" organized at Harrisburg, Pa., September 29 to November 20.
Company "I" organized at Philadelphia October 10, 1862,
Company "K" organized at Philadelphia February, 1864
 Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to October, 1863, and Army of the Cumberland to April, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to July, 1865.

SERVICE.-Duty at Bolivar Heights, Va., till December, 1862.
Reconnoissance to Rippon, W. Va., November 9, and to Winchester, Va.,
 December 2-6. Moved to Fredericksburg December 10-14. At Stafford Court House till April 27, 1863.
 Burnside's 2nd Campaign, "Mud March," January 20-24.
 Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6.
 Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24.
Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3.
 Pursuit of Lee July 5-24. Movement to Bridgeport, Ala., September 24-October 3. Reopening Tennessee River October 26-29. Wauhatchie, Tenn., October 28-29.
Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27.
Battles of Lookout Mountain November 23-24; Mission Ridge November 25;
Ringgold Gap, Taylor's Ridge, November 27.
Guard duty on Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad till April, 1864.
 Expedition down the Tennessee River to Triana, Ala., April 12-16.
Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1-September 8.
Demonstration on Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11.
Dug Gap or Mill Creek May 8. Battle of Resaca May 14-15.
 Near Cassville May 19.
New Hope Church May 25.
 Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 26-June 5.
 Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2.
. Pine Hill June 11-14.
 Lost Mountain June 15-17.
 Gilgal or Golgotha Church June 15.
 Muddy Creek June 17.
 Noyes Creek June 19.
Kolb's Farm June 22.
 Assault on Kenesaw June 27.
Ruff's Station, Smyrna Camp Ground, July 4.
Chattahoochie River July 6-17.
 Peach Tree Creek July 19-20.
Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25.
Operations at Chattahoochie River Bridge August 26-September 2.
 Occupation of Atlanta September 2-November 15.
 Near Atlanta November 9.
March to the sea November 15-December 10.
Siege of Savannah December 10-21.
Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865.
 North Edisto River, S. C., February 12-13.
 Red Bank and Congaree Creek February 15
Averysboro, N. C., March 16. Battle of Bentonville March 19-21.
 Occupation of Goldsboro March 24.
Advance on Raleigh, N. C., April 9-13.
Occupation of Raleigh April 14.
Bennett's House April 26

. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D. C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 20.
Grand Review May 24.
Duty in the Dept. of Washington till July. Companies "F" and "G" mustered out June 6, 1865.
Regiment mustered out July 15, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 7 Officers and 71 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 61 Enlisted men by disease. Total 142.

Standard-Speaker (Hazelton Pennsylvania) 24 November 1993, Wed
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Monuments at Gettysburg

(The last paragraph in this article below refers to the 147th monuments)

The McClure Bean Soup Festival that became an annual reunion & continues today -

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