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72nd Pennsylvania Infantry – Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg

Posted By on August 11, 2011

(Part 58 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 72nd 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 72nd 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 72nd 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 72nd 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 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry:

Thomas William Hoffman

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.


3 Responses to “72nd Pennsylvania Infantry – Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg”

  1. Lynn K says:

    I live near a cemetery in Rockledge/Jenkintown, PA. I noticed an old gravestone with the name of a Civil War soldier. I am very curious to know more about this. His name was:

    William Finacy
    DOB 1835
    DOD 1863

    Sarg. Co H 72nd Penn

    Can you help me?

  2. Scott Hann says:

    Travis W. Busey and John W. Busey, on page 865 of “Union Casualties at Gettysburg: A Comprehensive Record,” Volume 2, write: “Killed while carrying the regimental colors and buried on Peter Frey’s lot; he was hit six times while bearing the colors and originally would not advance per General Webb’s order during Pickett’s assault of 3 July although the general threatened him with a revolver; resided in Philadelphia and enlisted 10 August 1861 at Philadelphia; (27) at the time of his death; married with one child.

    His name is also spelled William Finnecy and William Finnessey in the records.

  3. Scott Hann says:

    I just found a far more extensive biography on the Find A Grave website:


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