71st Pennsylvania Volunteers

71st Pennsylvania Volunteers (HMAHG)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 48.802', W 77° 14.179'

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2nd Brigade, 2nd Division

— 2nd Corps —

(Front):
California Regiment

71 Pennsylvania Vols.
commanded by
Col. R. Penn Smith
carried into action
24 officers 307 enlisted men
casualties
Killed 2 officers 19 enlisted men
Wounded 3 officers 55 enlisted men
Missing 3 officers 16 enlisted men
Total 98.

2. Brig. 2. Div. 2. Corps.

(Back):
Philadelphia Brigade

To the left of this point on July 2 the 71. Penna. assisted in repulsing the furious attack of Wright's Ga. Brig. During the terrific cannonading of July 3, the Regiment occupied a position 60 yards in the rear of this spot. A number of the men voluntarily helping to work Cushing's disabled battery. As the enemy emerged from Seminary Ridge the Regiment was ordered forward. The left wing to this point, the right to the walls in the rear. When Pickett's Division pushed upon the left wing in overwhelming numbers, it fell back into line with the right, thus bringing the whole regiment into action. With the additional use of a large number of loaded muskets gathered from the battle-field of the previous day. The Regiment captured a number of prisoners and three flags.

(Left):
Patriotism

This Regiment was organized April 29, 1861. Being the first 3 year regiment to complete its organization, it was enlisted in Philadelphia by Senator E.D. Baker and Isaac J. Wistar by special authority from the War Department to be credited to the State of California and was known as the "California Regiment." After the death of Colonel E.D. Baker at Ball's Bluff, Oct. 21, 1861, it was claimed by its native state and became the 71. Pennsylvania.

(Right):
Heroism


The 71. Pennsylvania participated in all the principal battles of the Army of the Potomac and most of the minor ones until mustered out at the expiration of its term of service July 2, 1864. It numbered during its service nearly 2300 men. The total loss during that period being about 1800.
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HM NumberHMAHG
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Year Placed1887
Placed ByCommonwealth of Pennsylvania
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 3:50pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 308581 N 4409435
Decimal Degrees39.81336667, -77.23631667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 48.802', W 77° 14.179'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 48' 48.12" N, 77° 14' 10.74" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 50 Hancock Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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