U.S ARMY REGULATIONS, 1861 ID’D TO COLONEL JOSIAH HARLAN, 108th PA VOLUNTEERS (11TH PA CAVALRY)

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Authorized By the War Department. Published by the J.B. LippIncott & Co., Philadelphia, 1861. Ex-lib., Chester Co. (PA) Library stamp, front eps.. 559 pp, tables & forms. In blue buckram, 6” x 8.5, w/gilt spine labeling. Extremes moderate wear of cover and at the extremities.

Josiah Harlan, born in Jim Thorpe, PA in 1832, was mustered in was mustered as colonel of the 108th PA Volunteer Infantry (11th PA Cavalry) in Philadelphia, 10/5/1861. He actually commanded the regiment until July 15, 1862, and was discharged by Special order, 8/20/1865.

The 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry (108th Volunteer Infantry) originally enlisted as an independent regiment, “Harlan’s Light Cavalry,” and was designated 11th PA Cavalry in November 1861. Ordered to Fortress Monroe, the unit was attached to the Department of Virginia and North Carolina. During the next three years it was engaged in innumerable scouting and reconnaissance expedition, one which included the capture of Gen. Fitzhugh Lee in June 1863. It was engaged in Siege Operation at Petersburg, and partook of the Appomattox Campaign and was present at the surrender of Lee and his army. It was mustered out at Richmond, VA, 8/13/1865. During service the Regiment lost 70 men killed and mortally wounded and 220 by disease for a total of 290.

Harlan returned to Jim Thorpe, PA following the war and died there on 12/4/1900 at the age of 68.  He is buried in Mauch Chunk Cemetery.

Solid collectible ID’D to the first colonel of the 11th PA Cavalry, a regiment constantly on the move, that definitely got around and did some fighting in the bargain. Accompanied by brief amount of internet research material.  [jp] [ph:L]

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