132nd Pennsylvania InfantryOrganized: Harrisburg, PA; mustered in 8/19/1862
Disbanded/Mustered out: Harrisburg, PA 5/24/1863
Col. Richard A. Oakford
LCol. Vincent M. Wilcox
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Detail Map #6: French's Division Hits the Sunken Road
Detail Map #7: Richardson's Division Attacks the Sunken Road
Battlefield Tablets for this Unit:
Tablet #35: Second Army Corps - 15 Sep, 7 AM to 15 Sep, 8 PM
Tablet #115: Second Army Corps - 15 Sep, 9 AM to 17 Sep, 7 AM
Tablet #40: French's Division, Second Army Corps - 17 Sep, 8 AM to 17 Sep, 2 PM
Tablet #121: Army of the Potomac - 17 Sep, 8 AM to 17 Sep, 6 PM
Tablet #116, cont: Second Army Corps - 17 Sep, 9 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM
Tablet #41: Kimball's Brigade, French's Division - 17 Sep, 9 AM to 17 Sep, 2 PM
This Regiment's Chain of Command:
Army - Army of the Potomac
Corps - Second (II) Army Corps
Division - 3rd Division, II Corps
Brigade - 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, II Corps
In the Antietam Campaign:
Perspective of one of the men: "... they [Federal Divisions] launched repeated frontal attacks against a Confederate force deployed in defense of a sunken road which became known as 'Bloody Lane.' The 132nd Pennsylvania Infantry suffered crippling casualties as it attacked into the enemy's fire. Assistant Surgeon George W. Hoover had joined the regiment's medical staff directly from medical school, and had never even seen a gunshot wound until entering action that morning."
"His first patient was Captain Robert A. Abbott, who staggered back to the regimental aid station after a bullet virtually removed his lower jaw. Sheltered from the massed volleys of enemy musketry only by a haystack, Surgeon Hoover demonstrated remarkable courage and composure as he examined his first surgical patient and then saved him from drowning in his own blood by halting the hemorrhage via deft work with scalpel and sutures. Captain Abbott was but one of the 114 men wounded in the regiment on that morning as Surgeon Hoover became a veteran battlefield physician within a few hours as he worked tirelessly while under fire."
(from US Army)
References, Sources, and other Notes:
Hoover anecdote online from the US Army Medical Department Regiment.
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