MUSTER ROLL OF CAPTAIN SPEAR’S COMPANY, 23RD PENNSYLVANIA INFANTRY (3 MONTH REGIMENT)

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Standard Government muster roll, 33” x 20.  Lists 64 names. Signed Captain Hiram K. Spears, June 30th 1861, Camp near Downsville, MD. Exhibits wear and chipping near extremities. Old tape repairs at folds. In protective sleeve.  [jp/ld][ph:L]

April 18 – 21    Recruited in Philadelphia at the Arsenal for 3 months service, with many members coming from the 1st Pennsylvania Militia. After only three days recruitment the regiment was ready for service.The regiment at first wore the colorful Zouave uniform. Unfortunately, these wore out after six months, and were replaced with the standard army issue uniform.

April 21 Mustered in for three months service under Colonel Charles P. Dare, Lieutenant Colonel David Birney, and Major George C. Spear.Moved to Perryville and duty by detachments along Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad, with four companies at Perryville, two at Havre-de-Grace, two at Elkton, one at Bush river, and one at Gunpowder river. The Elkton post was commanded by Major W. T. Sherman, whose battery was under Colonel Dare’s orders.

May 28 Relieved by the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry and moved by rail to Chambersburg, Pa. Attached to Geo. H. Thomas’ Brigade, 1st Division, Patterson’s Army

June 6 March to Greensburg

June 15 Crossed Potomac and advanced on Martinsburg Road

June 16-24 At Williamsport

June 25 At Downsville

July 2   Recrossed the Potomac, and engaged the enemy at Falling Waters

July 3   Occupation of Martinsburg

July 15 Advance on Bunker Hill

July 17 Moved to Charlestown, then to Harper’s Ferry.

July 29 Returned to Philadelphia

July 31 Mustered out

 

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