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Purnell Legion (Maryland) Infantry

Organized: Baltimore, MD; mustered in 12/31/1861
Disbanded/Mustered out on 10/24/1864
Commanding Officer:
  LCol. Benjamin L. Simpson
Maps Showing this Unit:
   Detail Map #3: Mansfield's XII Corps Attacks Into the Cornfield
   Detail Map #4: Greene's High-Water Mark in the West Woods
   Detail Map #5: Sedgwick is Flanked in the West Woods

Battlefield Tablets for this Unit:
   Tablet #120: Army of the Potomac - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM
   Tablet #114: Goodrich's Brigade, Greene's Division - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 10 AM
   Tablet #27: Twelfth Army Corps - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 12 PM
   Tablet #113: Goodrich's Brigade, Greene's Division - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 9 AM
   Tablet #20: Goodrich's Brigade, Greene's Division - 17 Sep, 6 AM to 17 Sep, 9 AM

This Regiment's Chain of Command:
  Army - Army of the Potomac
  Corps - Twelfth (XII) Army Corps
  Division - 2nd Division, XII Corps
  Brigade - 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, XII Corps



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History of the Unit:
The Purnell Legion Maryland, Volunteers, consisting of nine companies of infantry, two companies of cavalry, and two batteries of light artillery were recruited under the auspices of the Hon. William H. Purnell, Postmaster at Baltimore, Md., at Pikesville Arsenal, near Baltimore, between October 31, 1861, and December 31, 1861. The Legion was raised, under special authority of the Secretary of War, to serve three years.

Upon the resignation of Colonel William H. Purnell, in February, 1862, the Legion Organization was discontinued and the different arms of the service—infantry, cavalry, and artillery—were made independent of each other.

Source: History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-6, Volume 367, Page 460, from the Maryland State Archives Online.

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F&SLColSimpson, Benjamin L        We have some details for this person

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