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149th Pennsylvania Infantry – Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg

Posted By on May 28, 2011

(Part  34 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 149th 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 149th 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 149th 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 149th 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 149th Pennsylvania Infantry :

John Sallada

Some of the 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.


2 Responses to “149th Pennsylvania Infantry – Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg”

  1. William Davenport says:

    Jacob Nevil of Company F, 149th PA, was my great-great grand uncle; his name is misspelled on the PA Monument at Gettysburg – his actual name was Nevel. His brothers Alexander James Nevel and Silas Nevel were of Company F, 143rd PA; Alexander fought next to his younger brother on the first day’s battle, while Silas was in hospital during the fighting. Jacob’s brothers-in-law, Andrew and Simon Croop, were in Company F of the 149th as well. Simon fought with the Nevels at Gettysburg, while Andrew, a musician, was assigned to the Ambulance Corps.

    Jacob was nineteen when he was killed near the McPherson Farm on July 1, 1863. His body was never identified.

    Alexander James, Silas, Andrew, and Simon all survived the war, though Alexander James lost his left arm at Petersburg.

    Alvin Croop, older brother to Andrew and Simon, fought with the 203rd PA at Fort Fisher – Alvin was my great-great grandfather.

  2. Wayne Rizor says:

    Thomas Callender of Co F was a distant cousin of mine. He was mortally wounded near McPherson’s Barn. A musket ball entered through his sternum and passed through his body exiting through his right scapula, but not before piercing his bronchial tube resulting in a sucking chest wound. After the days fighting, the Confederates gave him a canteen and put him inside McPherson’s Barn. After the battle he was moved to the Catholic church were his brother joined him to take care of him. Thomas died on July 22nd of his woulds. His brother wrote many letters to his parents. The letters to his mother were optimistic for his recovery while those to his father told of his failing condition and his fight for life as well as the arrangements he was making for a coffin and embalming. He is buried n the Pine Grove Cemetery, Harveyville, Luzerne Co., PA

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