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Muster In: Organized at Wilkes-Barre October 18, 1862.1
Muster Out: June 12, 18652

Commander(s):
Colonel Edmund L. Dana
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Major James Glenn (of the 149th Pennsylvania)
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Major Chester K. Hughes
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First Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | First Division | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army3,4

Second Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | First Division | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army6,7

Third Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | First Division | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army10,11

  • Commander: Major James Glenn  (of the 149th Pennsylvania)(July 31, 1864)12
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | First Division | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army13,14

  • Commander: Captain Chester K. Hughes (August 31, 1864)15
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Third Division | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army16

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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Third Division | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army17,18

  • Commander: Colonel Edmund L. Dana (October 31, 1864)19
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Third Division | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army20,21

  • Commander: Major Chester K. Hughes (December 31, 1864)22
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  • Note: This regiment participated in Warren’s Stony Creek, or “Apple Jack” Raid to Belfield and Hicksford, Virginia from December 7-12, 1864.23

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | Third Division | V Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army (January 1-February 10, 1865)24,25,26

  • Commander: Colonel Edmund L. Dana (January 31, 1865)27
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  • Note: This unit is listed in the casualty returns for the Battle of Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865, implying it was present during the Eighth Offensive and the battle.28
  • Note: The 143rd Pennsylvania was ordered to New York on February 10, 1865.29

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • No longer at the Siege of Petersburg.30

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles31:

  • Before Petersburg June 16-18.
  • Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to February 10, 1865.
  • Mine Explosion July 30, 1864 (Reserve).
  • Weldon Railroad August 18-21.
  • Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run, October 27-28.
  • Warren’s Raid to Weldon Railroad December 7-12.
  • Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865.
  • Ordered to New York February 10.
  • Assigned to duty at Hart’s Island, New York Harbor, guarding prison camp, and escorting recruits and convalescents to the front until June.

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. 223
    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. 545
    5. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 143rd Pennsylvania Entry, Page 59; 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), p. 223
    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), p. 545
    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. 545
    9. Volume 14 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 143rd Pennsylvania Entry, Page 59; 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 254
    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 732
    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 732
    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 614: “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 1 (Serial Number 87), page 123: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces (August 1864)”
    15. 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 614: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
    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. 1300.
    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 461: “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 1 (Serial Number 87), page 157: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces…Boydton Plank Road, Va., October 27-28, 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 461: “Organization of the Union Forces” (October 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 1118: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    21. Calkins, Chris. “The Apple Jack Raid: For This Barbarism There Was No Real Excuse.” Blue & Gray Magazine Summer 2005: 18-25 (OOB on page 60).
    22. 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 1118: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    23. Calkins, Chris. “The Apple Jack Raid: For This Barbarism There Was No Real Excuse.” Blue & Gray Magazine Summer 2005: 18-25 (OOB on page 60).
    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 328: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
    25.  A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    26. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 96), page 66: “Return of Casualties in the Union forces at Hatcher’s Run (otherwise known as Dabney’s Mill, Armstrong’s Mill, Rowanty Creek, and Vaughan Road)… (February 5-7, 1865)”
    27. 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 328: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 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 96), page 66: “Return of Casualties in the Union forces at Hatcher’s Run (otherwise known as Dabney’s Mill, Armstrong’s Mill, Rowanty Creek, and Vaughan Road)… (February 5-7, 1865)”
    29.  A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    30. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    31. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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