88th Pennsylvania Infantry"Cameron Light Guards"
Organized: Wissahickon (near Philadelphia), PA; mustered in August 1861
Disbanded/Mustered out: Washington, DC 6/30/1865
LCol. George W. Gile
Capt. Henry R. Myers
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Detail Map #1: Hookers I Corps' Sweeps Down the Pike
Battlefield Tablets for this Unit:
Tablet #1: First Army Corps - 16 Sep, 2 PM to 16 Sep, 6 PM
Tablet #14: Ricketts' Division, First Army Corps - 16 Sep, 2 PM to 16 Sep, 8 PM
Tablet #120: Army of the Potomac - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM
Tablet #7: Ricketts' Division, First Army Corps - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 5 PM
Tablet #9: Christian's Brigade, Ricketts' Division - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 8 AM
Tablet #81: Ricketts' Division, First Army Corps - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 9 AM
This Regiment's Chain of Command:
Army - Army of the Potomac
Corps - First (I) Army Corps
Division - 2nd Division, I Corps
Brigade - 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, I Corps
History of the Unit:
Companies A, B, and H, were recruited in Berks county, and the remaining companies in Philadelphia. The unit's first serious combat was at 2nd Bull Run (30 Aug 1862). At that battle .. "Colonel M'Lean being absent, sick, the command devolved upon Lieutenant Colonel Joseph A. M'Lean, who shortly after the action opened was mortally wounded, the command devolving on Major Gile."
In the Antietam Campaign:
At the start of the Maryland Campaign, the regiment was detailed as guard to a wagon-train at Frederick, MD. They were not directly involved at South Mountain, though nearby.
On the 17th they advanced with their brigade as part of the Federal First Corps advance down the Hagerstown Pike, and were heavily engaged.
References, Sources, and other Notes:
Source: Bates, Samuel P., History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg, 1868-1871.; Extracted online at the Pennsylvania in the Civil War site.
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