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Petersburg National Battlefield – Monument to the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry at the Crater

Located at the fence around “The Crater” at the Petersburg National Battlefield, is the monument to the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry.  The monument is in the design of a stone podium with the inscription on the top face. “Crater of mine excavated by 48th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry, Burnside’s 9th Corps, 30 July 1864.” The fuse […]

148th Pennsylvania Infantry – Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg

(Part 40 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 […]

48th Pennsylvania Infantry – Regimental Memoir

In 1897, The 48th in the War:  Being a Narrative of the Campaigns of the 48 Regiment, Infantry, Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers During the War of the Rebellion, was published.  The book was written by Oliver Christian Bosbyshell (1839-1921), a member of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry. The book contains the following chapters: Chapter I — Organization […]

Capt. James K. Helms of Schuylkill Haven & Pottsville

The obituary of James K. Helms appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 25 July 1893: Death of a Prominent Pottsville Citizen. By Telegraph to THE PATRIOT. POTTSVILLE, Pennsylvania, 24 July 1893 — James Knox Helms, of Schuylkill Haven, died last evening, aged fifty-two years.  Captain Helms was one of the most widely known residents of […]

Joshua A. Reed – Released Prisoner Dies at Home in Barry Township

The Pennsylvania Veterans’ Index Card for Joshua A. Reed notes that this resident of Barry Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, died at home during May 1865.  Other records indicate that his death was due to “effects of prison.” Joshua A. Reed was born in Barry Township about 1834, although some records indicate his birth year may […]