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72nd Pennsylvania Infantry

"Baxter's Fire Zouaves, 3rd California"
Organized: Philadelphia, PA; mustered in 8/10/1861

 

Commanding Officer at Antietam:
  Col. DeWitt C. Baxter

 

This Regiment's Chain of Command:
  Army - Army of the Potomac
  Corps - Second (II) Army Corps
  Division - 2nd Division, II Corps
  Brigade - 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, II Corps


Unit history

Why California?

The 72nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry was originally raised in Philadelphia by Colonel Edward D. Baker, as an effort to have the state of California represented by regiments in the Union Army. There were four regiments in the California Brigade. The 72nd was originally named the 3rd California Volunteer Infantry Regiment from August 1861 to October 1861. At that time, with the death of the brigade commander, Colonel Baker [Balls Bluff], the state of Pennsylvania reclaimed the brigade and renumbered the regiments as the 69th, 71st, 72nd and 106th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiments. Since all four regiments were predominantly raised in Philadelphia, they were brigaded together as the Philadelphia Brigade. This was the only brigade, throughout the Civil War, in the Union Army to bear its city's name.

Taken from: Philadelphia in the Civil War, 1861-1865, by Frank H. Taylor, published by the City of Philadelphia in 1913. - found online at the 72nd Pennsylvania reenactor's site

Statistics

Initial Strength: not known; Killed in Action (KIA): 38; Wounded (WIA): 163; Missing in Action (MIA): 36;

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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 #120: Army of the Potomac - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM
Tablet #116: Second Army Corps - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 10 AM
Tablet #36: Sedgwick's Division, Second Army Corps - 17 Sep, 7 AM to 17 Sep, 10 AM
Tablet #39: Howard's Brigade, Sedgwick's Division - 17 Sep, 7 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM

We have 83 individuals in the AotW database for this unit:

 

Co. Rank Name Casualty? Details*
APvtBateman, Amos WIA   09/17
APvtBlight, George WIA   09/17
ACorpBowers, John WIA   09/17
APvtCurnan, John KIA   09/17
A PvtEdwards, William KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
A PvtEvans, Tyson KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
A SgtGartland, John KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
ALtPeabody, Adolphus W.KIA   09/17
A PvtPike, Theodore MIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
APvtShaw, Albert J.KIA   09/17
B SgtButler, William H.MIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
B PvtMurrow, William KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
BPvtWalto, George M.KIA   09/17
CPvtBlatteau, Phillip WIA   09/17
C PvtMcAleer, Philip MWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
CCaptWilletts, Peter H.KIA   09/17
DPvtAnderson, George L.MWIA   09/17
DPvtBaxter, B. Died   10/02     We have some details for this person
DPvtBennett, William R.WIA   09/17
DPvtBoyle, James MIA   09/17
DPvtConner, Edmund MWIA   09/17
D PvtCornwall, John MIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
D PvtHarrigan, James KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
D PvtHesson, Bernard KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
D PvtLongyear, Ernest MWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
D PvtMartin, Francis MWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
D PvtMcCanna, John J.MIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
DPvtNeal, Joseph MWIA   09/17
DPvtNock, William H. H.KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
ESgtBall, Samuel L.MWIA   09/17
EPvtCollier, Edmund Y.MWIA   09/17
E PvtCooper, Charles C.WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
E PvtHuntley, Louis D.KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
ESgtPlace, William KIA   09/17
FPvtBauder, John F.KIA   09/17
F PvtBaxter, David WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
FPvtBerg, William H.KIA   09/17
F PvtHenry, Joseph WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
FCorpMackin, Peter KIA   09/17
F SgtMartin, William R.KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
FPvtMcAfee, William KIA   09/17
FCaptMcBride, Isaac WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
FCorpSlaven, Thomas KIA   09/17
GPvtBodine, Eugene WIA   09/17
GCorpCampbell, James WIA   09/17
GPvtClark, James E.MWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
G PvtMiller, Isaiah WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
G PvtMireer, William WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
G PvtOppenlander, Jacob WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
GCaptRoussel, Edward G.MWIA   09/17
G PvtStarr, James WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
HSgtBaitzel, John J.WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
HPvtBaker, Harry S.WIA   09/17
HSgtCharlton, George WIA   09/17
HPvtWells, Charles B.KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
IPvtBarger, William KIA   09/17
IPvtBrink, Samuel WIA   09/17
I PvtBrown, George WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
IPvtBrown, James A.WIA   09/17
IPvtCampbell, Daniel KIA   09/17
IPvtCottrell, Edwin KIA   09/17
IPvtDawson, William KIA   09/17
I PvtDotter, Albert H.KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
IPvtHollingsworth, John MWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
ICorpHuber, Edward KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
I PvtHumphries, John WIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
IPvtReid, John KIA   09/17
IPvtRever, Jacob KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
IPvtShutler, Bernard KIA   09/17
LPvtCarroll, John J.WIA   09/17
LPvtSmith, James P.KIA   09/17
LPvtThompson, Charles M.MWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
MCorpAnob, Isadon WIA   09/17
MPvtBrown, John MIA   09/17
MPvtGibb, Davis A.KIA   09/17
NPvtClark, John MWIA   09/14     We have some details for this person
PSgtWarren, Joseph KIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
RLtPark, Jr., Robert J.MWIA   09/17     We have some details for this person
F&SColBaxter, DeWitt Clinton        We have a picture for this person We have some details for this person
UnkPvtDouglass, Edward Died   00/00
UnkPvtHaughliter, C. M.Died   00/00
UnkPvtHectrick, J. Died   00/00
UnkPvtShoemaker, William Died   00/00

 

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