Commanding Officer on the Antietam Campaign:
Col. Gustavus W. Town
Formed at Philadelphia in the Fall of 1861 with John M. Gosline, Colonel; Gustavus W. Town, Lieutenant Colonel; William B. Hubbs, Major.
Col Gosline was killed at Gaines Mill 27 June 1862, and the command went to LCol Town, who was then promoted to Colonel.
On the Antietam Campaign
On the 6th of September the regiment, with the rest of the army, took up the line of march for Maryland. At Crampton's Gap, on the 14th of September, it was warmly engaged, charging the enemy, at the point of the bayonet up the steep and rugged mountain side. At the top, encountering fresh reserves of the enemy, the renowned Cobb Legion, led by General Cobb of Georgia, it renewed the attack with unflinching determination, and drove them from their strong position, capturing a piece of artillery, with limber, caisson and horses complete, large numbers of arms, and all their knapsacks which they had thrown off in their haste to enter the engagement. Upon the limber, attached tot he piece capture, was painted the following inscription "JENNY--Presented by the patriot ladies of Georgia to the State Artillery." In the battle of Antietam, on the 17th, the regiment was posted opposite the Dunker Church, doing efficient service in repelling repeated charges of the enemy, sustaining a loss of two men killed and twenty-two wounded.
(quoted from Bates)
Battlefield Tablets for this Unit
References & Notes
Source: Bates, Samuel P., History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg, 1868-1871. (online at Pennsylvania in the Civil War)
We have 4 individuals in the AotW database for this unit:
|A||Pvt||Bobb, William||WIA 09/17|
|D||Capt||Beattes, Jacob H|
|F||Pvt||Linde, William||KIA 09/17|
|F&S||Col||Town, Gustavus Washington|
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