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Monuments at Gettysburg – 139th Pennsylvania Infantry

The 139th Pennsylvania Infantry Monument at Gettysburg is located north of Wheatfield Road, near the driveway to the John Weichert farm.  It was dedicated in 1889 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The drawing of the monument pictured above is from a Philadelphia Inquirer article of 11 September 1889. A picture of the monument can be […]

Monuments at Gettysburg – 39th Pennsylvania Infantry

The 39th Pennsylvania Infantry (10th Pennsylvania Reserves) Monument at Gettysburg is located south of Gettysburg on Confederate Avenue at the foot of Big Round Top.  It was not ready for the Pennsylvania Day ceremonies of 1889 and therefore was dedicated in 1890.  The view of the Monument pictured above is from Steven Recker’s Virtual Gettysburg […]

139th Pennsylvania Infantry – Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg

(Part 36 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 […]

Charles Wesley Umholtz – From Tremont to Tennessee

Charles Wesley Umholtz was born on 23 November 1845 in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, the son of Philip Umholtz (1814-1883) and Susanna [Carl] Umholtz.  He was one of at least seven children of that couple.  At the time of the Civil War, both he and his brother Augustus Umholtz enrolled in the 17th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency […]

William Savage – Victim of Mining Accident, 1879

On 23 June 1879, William Savage, a Civil War veteran, was at work in his usual job of machinist at the Williamstown Colliery, and was the victim of an accident – dying instantly as a car in which he was riding down the slope broke loose from its chain and fell to the bottom of […]