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Muster In: September 4(?), 18611
Muster Out:

  • A,B,C,D: June 3, 1865
  • E,F,G,H,I,K: July 14, 18652

Commander(s):
Major David W. Megraw
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Captain Garrett Nowlen
Captain Garrett Nowlen, 116th Pennsylvania3

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Captain Samuel Taggart
Captain Samuel Taggart, 116th Pennsylvania4

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Captain John R. Weltner
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Second Brigade | First Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army5

Second Offensive Order of BattleSecond Brigade | First Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army8

Third Offensive Order of Battle: Fourth Brigade | First Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army13,14

  • Commander: Captain Garrett Nowlen (July 31, 1864)15,16
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons: .58 Caliber Springfield Rifle Musket17

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Fourth Brigade | First Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army18,19

  • Commander:
    • Captain Garrett Nowlen (killed on August 25, 1864)20
    • Captain Samuel Taggart (killed on August 25, 1864)21
    • Captain John R. Weltner (August 31, 1864)22
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Fourth Brigade | First Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army23

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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Commander: Major David W. Megraw24
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Commander: Major David W. Megraw25
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Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Commander: Major David W. Megraw (wounded on March 31, 1865)26
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Dyer’s Compendium Info:
Petersburg Campaign Battles27:

  • Before Petersburg June 16-18.
  • Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.
  • Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23, 1864.
  • Demonstration on north side of the James River July 27-29.
  • Deep Bottom July 27-28.
  • Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30 (Reserve).
  • Demonstration on north side of James River at Deep Bottom August 13-20.
  • Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18.
  • Ream’s Station August 25.
  • Front of Forts Morton and Sedgwick October 27.
  • Reconnaissance to Hatcher’s Run December 9-10.
  • Dabney’s Mills February 5-7, 1865.
  • Watkins’ House, Petersburg, March 25.
  • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
  • Hatcher’s Run or Boydton Road March 31.
  • White Oak Road March 31.
  • Sutherland Station April 2.
  • Fall of Petersburg April 2.

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 Story of the 116th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion, after page 300
  4. The Story of the 116th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion, after page 304
  5. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), pages 219-220
  6. The Story of the 116th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion, page 280.  This regimental history does not mention what specific model of .69 caliber smoothbore the 116th had, but see note on ordnance return.
  7. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 116th Pennsylvania Entry, Page 57; 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.
  8. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), pages 219-220
  9. The Story of the 116th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion, page 277
  10. 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 543
  11. The Story of the 116th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion, page 280.  This regimental history does not mention what specific model of .69 caliber smoothbore the 116th had, but see note on ordnance return.
  12. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 116th Pennsylvania Entry, Page 57; 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.
  13. 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 252
  14. 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 730
  15. The Story of the 116th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion, page 283
  16. 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 730
  17. The Story of the 116th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion, page 280.  This regimental history does not mention what specific model of .58 caliber Springfield the 116th had, but presumably it was a Model 1861.
  18. 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 613: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
  19. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), pages 117, 129: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces (August 1864)”
  20. The Story of the 116th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion, pages 293-294
  21. The Story of the 116th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion, page 294
  22. 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 613: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
  23. 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. 1298.
  24. The Story of the 116th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion, page 333: “The Regiment was commanded during the winter by Major David W. Megraw, who had been promoted from Captain of Company H, Colonel Mulholland being in command of the brigade.”
  25. The Story of the 116th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion, page 336
  26. The Story of the 116th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion, page 336
  27. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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