87th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment

Descendants Association

(1st Brigade (Truex's), 3rd Division, Sixth Corps)

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

Fought on or near the present day grounds of Pamplin Historical Park


Organized at Yorktown September, 1861. Attached to Railroad Guard, Middle Department, to May, 1862. Baltimore, Md., Middle Department, to June, 1862. Railroad Division, 8th Corps, Middle Department, to March, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 8th Corps, Middle Department, to June, 1863. 1st Brigade, Elliott's Command, 8th Corps, to July. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army Potomac, to March, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 6th Army Corps, Army Potomac and Army Shenandoah, to June, 1865.

SERVICE.--Guard duty on Northern Central Railroad from Pennsylvania line to Baltimore, Md., September 16, 1861, to May 24, 1862. Duty at Baltimore, Md., until June 23. At New Creek, W. Va., until August 20. Expedition under Gen. Kelly across Laurel Hill and Rich Mountain August 27-September 12. Expedition over Cheat and Allegheny Mountains October 31-November 12. March on Petersburg, W. Va., December 6-9. At Winchester until May, 1863. Reconnaissance toward Wardensville and Strasburg April 20. Expedition to Webster May 20. At Winchester until June 15. Reconnaissance toward Strasburg June 10. Middletown June 12. Newtown June 12. Bunker Hill June 13 (Cos. "G," "H"). Battles of Winchester June 13-15. Retreat to Harper's Ferry. Escort stores from Harper's Ferry to Washington, D.C., July 1-3. Joined Army of the Potomac and pursuit of Lee July 5-24. Wapping Heights, Manassas Gap, Va., 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. Reenlisted December, 1863. Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7, 1864. Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 12, 1864. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spottsylvania C. H. May 8-21. Assault on the Salient May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. Line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 17-18. Siege of Petersburg until July 6. Weldon Railroad June 22-23. Moved to Baltimore, Md., July 6-9. Battle of Monocacy Junction July 9. Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign August 7-December 1. Charlestown August 21-22. Battle of Opequan, Winchester, September 19. Fisher's Hill September 22. (Old members mustered out October 13, 1864.) Battle of Cedar Creek. Duty at Kernstown until December. Moved to Washington, D.C., thence to Petersburg, Va., December 3-7. 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. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Appomattox C. H. 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 at Alexandria, Va., June 29, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 10 Officers and 80 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 112 Enlisted men by disease. Total 202.

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


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87th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment

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