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83rd Pennsylvania Infantry – Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg

Posted By on March 29, 2011

(Part  14 of an ongoing series on the Battle of Gettysburg).  Around the base of the Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg are a series of plaques which, by regiment and company, note the names of every soldier who was present at the Battle of Gettysburg.  This post will present the plaque recognizing the men who served in the 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry. By clicking on the plaque it should enlarge so the names can be more clearly read.  Following the plaque is a list of the men who have thus far been identified as eligible for inclusion in this Civil War Research Project who, it is believed, served for a time in the 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry.  Not all the names may appear on the Pennsylvania Memorial plaques.  If a name does not appear, it could be that the soldier did serve in the 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry, but was not part of the regiment during its days at Gettysburg – or it could mean that the soldier was erroneous included in the 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry list.  There could also be errors on the plaque.  Readers are invited to submit comments about any names appearing below, or on the plaque, especially if they believe the soldier was from the Lykens Valley area and should be included in this study.

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Men from the Lykens Valley area who probably served in the 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry:

John H. Bowers — Benjamin Franke — George W. Huff — Jacob R. Keiser — William Lehman — Morris Meck — Nelson C. Meck — Joseph H. Miller — Reuben Hoffa Shade — George Sheesley — Joshua Wald

Information for this post was taken from the files of the Civil War Research Project.  A separate digital file is kept on each of the above-named men.  Information is sought on any men from the Lykens Valley area who were soldiers or sailors during the Civil War.


4 Responses to “83rd Pennsylvania Infantry – Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg”

  1. Rod Hall says:

    Sirs: I have just returned from Gettysburg where I stood at the foot of Little Round Top that you valiantly defended against the 47th Alabama Infantry on July 2nd 1863. My gr gr uncle was in the 47th there; he gave the ultimate sacrifice. I stood and surveyed the area standing in awe of what both sides of the conflict did. I intend to return to the battlefield in 2 years at the 150 year celebration. I hope to meet descendents of the 83rd at that time.

  2. Sue Olson says:

    My gg grandfather- Theophilus C. (T.C.) Chambers name is on this plaque – 83rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, Company I.
    He also survived nearly a year at Andersonville POW prison.

  3. Jonathan Gifford says:

    I have just found this Memorial, I am the Great grandson of 1st Lt Martin Gifford of Co A. He survived the war. However his Brother did not. He was lost at Malvern Hill. Great to see this here and a great collection to our Family history.

  4. Zane Smith says:


    I am currently researching Pvt Samuel Hoyt, Co. G, 83rd PVI and am hoping you might have some information on him. Specifically, do you know of any photos of him.

    Respectfully Submitted,

    Zane Smith

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