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Muster In: Organized at Philadelphia August, 1862.1
Muster Out: Mustered out June 9, 1865.2

Commander(s):
Colonel Andrew H. Tippin
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Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Winslow
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Captain Michael Fulmer
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of the Potomac | Union Army3,4

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of the Potomac | Union Army6,7

Third Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of the Potomac | Union Army10,11

  • Commander: Colonel Andrew H. Tippin (July 31, 1864)12
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of the Potomac | Union Army13

  • Commander: Colonel Andrew H. Tippin (August 31, 1864)14
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of the Potomac | Union Army15

  • Commander:
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  • Note: Companies A, B, C, and D of the 68th Pennsylvania remained at City Point, Va. during the Fifth Offensive, while presumably the rest of the regiment was with Colonel Charles H. T. Collis’ Provost Brigade field force during the offensive.16

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of the Potomac | Union Army17

  • Commander: Colonel Andrew H. Tippin (October 31, 1864)18
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of the Potomac | Union Army19

  • Commander: Colonel Andrew H. Tippin (December 31, 1864)20
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Provost Guard | Army of the Potomac | Union Army21,22

  • Commander:
    • Captain Michael Fulmer (January 31, 1865)23
    • Colonel Andrew H. Tippin (February 28, 1865),24
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

Provost Guard | Army of the Potomac | Union Army (March 1-28(?), 1865)

Independent Brigade | Ninth Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army (March 28(?) on, 1865)25,26

  • Commander:
    • Colonel Andrew H. Tippin (disabled April 2)(March 31-April 2, 1865)27
    • Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Winslow (April 2, 1865)28
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  • Note: The 68th Pennsylvania transferred from the Provost Guard to the newly formed Independent Brigade, Ninth Corps, AotP on or near March 28, 1865.

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles29:

  • Before Petersburg June 16-18.
  • Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.
  • Garrison and provost duty at City Point, Va., June 18, 1864, to April 1, 1865.
  • Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2.
  • Occupation of Petersburg April 3.
  • Moved from before Petersburg to Hart’s Island, N. Y. Harbor, April, 1865

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

    Sources:

    1. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    2. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    3.  The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 218
    4.  The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), page 542
    5. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 68th Pennsylvania Entry, Page 49; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 7); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
    6.  The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 218
    7.  The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), page 542
    8.  The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), page 542
    9. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 68th Pennsylvania Entry, Page 49; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 7); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
    10. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 250
    11. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 728
    12. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 728
    13. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 611: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
    14. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 611: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
    15. Sommers, Richard J. “Grant’s Fifth Offensive at Petersburg: A Study in Strategy, Tactics, and Generalship.  The Battle of Poplar Spring Church, the First Battle of the Darbytown Road, the Second Battle of the Squirrel Level Road, the Second Battle of the Darbytown Road (Ulysses S. Grant, Virginia).” Doctoral Thesis. Rice University, 1970. Print. p. 1297.
    16. Sommers, Richard J. “Grant’s Fifth Offensive at Petersburg: A Study in Strategy, Tactics, and Generalship.  The Battle of Poplar Spring Church, the First Battle of the Darbytown Road, the Second Battle of the Squirrel Level Road, the Second Battle of the Darbytown Road (Ulysses S. Grant, Virginia).” Doctoral Thesis. Rice University, 1970. Print. p. 1297.
    17. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 457: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
    18. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 457: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 31, 1864)”
    19. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 1114: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    20. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 1114: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    21. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 324: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
    22. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 738: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
    23. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 324: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
    24. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 738: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
    25. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 574: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    26. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 590: “Return of casualties in the Union Forces commanded by Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, March 29-April 9, 1865”
    27. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 574: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    28. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 574: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    29. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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