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Muster In: Organized at Philadelphia August 23 to November 6, 1861.1
Muster Out: Mustered out June 29, 1865.2

Commander(s):
Colonel John F. Ballier
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Lieutenant Colonel John B. Kohler
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Lieutenant Colonel Charles Reen
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Captain Peter Beisel
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Captain Gottfried Baner
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Captain Bernhard Gessler
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First Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Second Division | VI Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army3,4

Second Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Second Division | VI Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army7,8

Third Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Second Division | VI Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army12

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel John B. Kohler (July 31, 1864)13
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: The First Brigade, Second Division, Sixth Corps moved to City Point, Va. at 11 pm on July 9 and embarked for Washington, D.C. at 5:30 am on July 10, 1864 on the transports Dictator and Guide. 14,15

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.16

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.17

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.18

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Second Division | VI Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army19

  • Commander: Captain Peter Beisel (December 31, 1864)20
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: This unit moved to the Siege of Petersburg from December 9-12, 1864.21

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Second Division | VI Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army22,23

  • Commander:
    • Captain Gottfried Baner (January 1865)24
    • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Reen (February 1865)25
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Second Division | VI Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army26,27

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Colonel Charles Reen (wounded April 2)(March 31-April 2, 1865)28
    • Captain Bernhard Gessler (April 2, 1865)29
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles30:

  • Before Petersburg June 17-18.
  • Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23.
  • Siege of Petersburg until July 9.
  • Moved to Washington D.C., July 9-11.
  • …away…
  • Ordered to Petersburg December 9-12.
  • Siege of Petersburg December, 1864, to April, 1865.
  • Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865.
  • Fort Fisher, Petersburg, March 25.
  • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
  • Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2.
  • Pursuit of Lee April 3-9.
  • Appomattox C. H. April 9.
  • Surrender of Lee and his army.

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), p. 227
    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), p. 548
    5. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 98th Pennsylvania Entry, Page 54; 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. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 98th Pennsylvania Entry, Page 54; 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.: Both the 98th and 99th Pennsylvania are shown in the ordnance return as having some French rifles.  However, this is only one line over from the much more common Enfield rifle.  I need to find some evidence that these two regiments were indeed carrying French rifles rather than Enfields.  More research is needed.
    7. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), p. 227
    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), p. 548
    9. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 548
    10. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 98th Pennsylvania Entry, Page 54; 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.
    11. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 98th Pennsylvania Entry, Page 54; 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.: Both the 98th and 99th Pennsylvania are shown in the ordnance return as having some French rifles.  However, this is only one line over from the much more common Enfield rifle.  I need to find some evidence that these two regiments were indeed carrying French rifles rather than Enfields.  More research is needed.
    12. 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 258
    13. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XXVII, Part 2 (Serial Number 71), page 550
    14. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XXVII, Part 1 (Serial Number 70), page 273
    15. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    16. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    17. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    18. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    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 1120: “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 1120: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    21. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    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 330: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 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 743: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 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 330: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
    25. 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 743: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 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 571: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 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 587: “Return of casualties in the Union Forces commanded by Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, March 29-April 9, 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 571: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    29. 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 571: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    30. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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