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88thPAVautier1894Subject: History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865 by John D. Vautier

Order of Battle

  • None mentioned

Battle Excerpts

  • June 18-20, 1864 Second Battle of Petersburg1
    • Henry S. Booz2 (Use his photo for excerpt above)
  • December 7-12, 1864 Apple Jack Raid3
  • Chapter XXIX: Extracts from Letters Written by Charles McKnight, Co. K4
    • Captain Charles McKnight5 (Use his photo for excerpt)

Leaders

  • On July 22 the major of the 107th Pennsylvania took temporary command of the 88th6
  • On August 19: “After getting out of the Wilderness, the brigade reformed and pushed in again, when Captain Jacob Houder, a most estimable and gallant officer, commanding the regiment, was struck in the head by a musket ball and instantly killed. Houder was a favorite young officer who had been identified with the regiment and had won his shoulder-straps by hard service.”7
  • After December 14: “The division returned to camp on December 14…any extensive movement in this alluvial country being impossible, and only the usual hyemal work was done, enlivened by an occasional foray into the disputed territory when the weather permitted, Captain Lawrence being in command.”8
  • April 15, then marched back to Wilson s Station, under command of Captain Aaron Bright.9

Leader Images

  • Adjutant Cyrus. S. Detre10
  • Henry S. Booz11 (Use his photo for excerpt)
  • John D. Vautier12 (Use photo for his diary entries and for the unit history page)
  • Captain Charles McKnight13 (Use his photo for excerpt)

Strengths

  • August 26: “The regiment now had about 150 present, but as the time of many who had first enlisted would soon expire, the command was shortly to be still further reduced in numbers.”14

Weapons

  • None mentioned

Battles

  • Second Battle of Petersburg (June 17-18, 1864)15
  • Picket Firing w/ Wounded (July 7, 1864) 16
  • Battle of Glove Tavern (August 18-21, 1864) 17
  • Reconnaissance beyond Yellow Tavern, on Weldon Railroad (September 2, 1864) (Reserve) 18
  • Reconnaissance toward Dinwiddie Court-House, and skirmish. (September 15, 1864)19
  • Reconnaissance to Ream’s Station (September 29, 1864)20
  • Expedition in General Direction of South Side Railroad (October ??, 1864)21
  • Stony Creek Raid (December 7-12, 1864)22
  • Battle of Hatcher’s Run (February 5-7, 1865)23
  • Battle of White Oak Road (March 31, 1865)24
  • Battle of Five Forks (April 1, 1865)25

Other

  • On June 25 the 12th Massachusetts left for home, time having expired.26
  • The 13th Massachusetts, another gallant regiment that had been closely identified with our brigade, went home on the [July?] 14th, its three years arduous service having expired.27
  • Author John D. Vautier kept a diary during the Civil War, including the time he spent at the Siege of Petersburg.

Itinerary

Sources:

  1. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, pp. 191-195.
  2. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, p. 150.
  3. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, pp. 203-204.
  4. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, pp. 225-228.
  5. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, p. 206.
  6. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, p. 196.
  7. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, p. 198.
  8. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, p. 204.
  9. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, pp. 210-211.
  10. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, p. 26.
  11. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, p. 150.
  12. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, p. 188.
  13. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, p. 206.
  14. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, p. 200.
  15. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, pp. 191-195.
  16. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, p. 196.
  17. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, pp. 197-199.
  18. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, p. 201.
  19. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, pp. 201-202.
  20. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, p. 202.
  21. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, p. 202.
  22. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, pp. 203-204.
  23. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, pp. 205-206.
  24. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, p. 208.
  25. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, p. 209.
  26. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, p. 196.
  27. Vautier, John D. History of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Philadelphia: Printed by J.B. Lippincott, 1894, p. 196.

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