138th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment

Descendants Association

(2nd Brigade (Keifer's), 3rd Division, Sixth Corps)

Participants in the Breakthrough Battle at Petersburg on April 2, 1865

Fought on the present day grounds of Pamplin Historical Park


Organized at Harrisburg August 16, 1862. Moved to Baltimore , Md. , August 30, thence to Relay House. Attached to Relay House, Defenses of Baltimore, 8th Corps, Middle Dept., to February, 1863. 3rd Separate Brigade, 8th Corps, to June, 1863. Elliott's Command, 8th Corps, to July, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division. 6th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, and Army of the Shenandoah, to June, 1865.

SERVICE.--Duty at Relay House, Md., until June, 1863. Moved to Harper's Ferry, W. Va., June 16. Escort stores to Washington July 1-5. Join Division at Frederick , Md. , July 7. Pursuit of Lee July 7-24. Wapping Heights July 23. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Kelly's Ford November 7. Brandy Station November 8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Payne's Farm November 27. Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7, 1864. Duty at and near Brandy Station until May. Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 12. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 17-18. Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad, June 22-23. Siege of Petersburg until July 6. Moved to Baltimore, Md., July 6-8. Battle of Monocacy July 9. Pursuit of Early to Snicker's Gap July 14-24. Sheridan 's Shenandoah Valley Campaign August to December. Charlestown August 21-22. Battle of Opequan, Winchester, September 19. Fisher's Hill, September 22. Battle of Cedar Creek October 19. Duty at Kernstown until December. Moved to Washington, D.C., thence to Petersburg, Va., December. Siege of Petersburg December, 1864, to April, 1865. Fort Fisher, Petersburg, March 25, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. Sailor's Creek April 6. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. March to Danville April 23-27, and duty there until May 23. March to Richmond, Va., thence to Washington, D. C., May 23-June 3, Corps review June 8. Mustered out June 23, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 6 Officers and 90 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 70 Enlisted men by disease. Total 167.

Source - A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer


Soldier's Notes


138th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment

Descendants Roll Call


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