The Civil War in the East

28th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment

The 28th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment lost 6 officers and 151 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 3 officers and 124 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. It is honored by two monuments at Gettysburg.

Monument to the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg


June 28

Fifteen companies were organized at Philadelphia and mustered in under Colonel John Geary, Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel De Korponey and Major Hector Tynsdale. The regiment was uniformed and equipped at Colonel Geary's expense, being provided with gray cloth uniforms and Enfield rifles. Enough surplus recruits were available to form Knap's Battery.

July 27

Ten companies moved via Baltimore, Md. to Harper's Ferry. Attached to Geo. H. Thomas' Brigade, Dept. of the Shenandoah. Duty at Sandy Hook, opposite Harper's Ferry.


Assigned to 1st Brigade, Banks' Division, Dept. of the Shenandoah

August 13

Moved to Point of Rocks, Md., and guard frontier from Nolan's Ferry to Antietam Aqueduct

September 15

Pritchard's Mills, Va. (Companies B, D and I)

September 24

Point of Rocks

October 2



Attached to Geary's Independent Brigade, Banks' Division, Army of the Potomac

October 16

Bolivar Heights (Cos. A, D, F, G)

October 30

Nolan's Ferry

November 1

Captain Ario Pardee of Company A promoted to major

November 10


December 19

Point of Rocks


February 24-25

Crossed Potomac at Sandy Hook

Six men of Company P were drowned when their boat overturned

February 25-May 6

Operations in Loudon County, Va.

February 26

Occupation of Bolivar Heights

March 1



Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Banks' 5th Army Corps

March 7


March 8

Occupation of Leesburg

March 14


March 15

Ashby's Gap

March 15-20

Capture of Rectortown, Piedmont, Markham, Linden and Front Royal

March 27-28

Operations about Middleburg and White Plains

April 2

Thoroughfare Gap

April 6



Attached to Geary's Independent Brigade, Dept. of the Shenandoah

April 14

Near Piedmont

April 25

Colonel Geary was promoted to Brigadier General, Lieutenant Colonel De Korponay to colonel and command of the regiment., Major Tyndale to lieutenant colonel and Captain Robert Warden of Company B to major

May 15

Linden (Company O)

May 16

Guard railroad from White Plains to Manassas

May 24

Reconnaissance from Front Royal to Browntown

May 25

Guard railroad and gaps of the Blue Ridge


Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Corps, Army of Virginia

June 29

Joined Banks at Middletown

June 30

Major Warden died

July 1

Captain William Raphael of Company C was promoted to major

August 9

Reconnaissance to Thoroughfare Mountain


Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Corps, Army of Virginia

August 16-September 2

Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia

August 24

White Sulphur Springs

August 30

Bull Run

September 6-24

Maryland Campaign; attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

September 16-17

Battle of Antietam

Major Pardee commanded the regiment while Colonel Tyndale took command of the brigade in severe fighting in the Cornfield. It captured two guns and five flags, losing 266 men. Captain Peter Laws and Second Lieutenant Joseph Markle were killed and Lieutenant Colonel Tyndale and Captains James Fitzpatrick and William Jordan were wounded.


Corporal Jacob G. Orth of Company D was awarded the medal of honor for capturing the flag of the 7th South Carolina Infantry, although he had been wounded in the shoulder.


Duty at Bolivar Heights

October 9

Companies L - P were detched to serve as the nucleus of the 147th Pennsylvania Infantry, with Major Ario Pardee promoted to lieutenant colonel of the 147th

October 21

Reconnaissance to Lovettsville

November 9

Reconnaissance to Ripon, W. Va.

November 29

Lieutenant Colonel Tyndale promoted to brigadier general

December 2-6

Reconnaissance to Winchester

December 10-14

Moved to Fredericksburg, Va.


At Stafford Court House

January 15

Major Raphail resigned and Captain Lansfield Chapman of Company E was promoted to major


January 20-24

"Mud March"

March 5

Captain Thomas J. Ahl of Company H was promoted to colonel, replacing Colonel De Korponay, who was discharged on a surgeon's certificate. The regiment's Enfield rifles were exchanged for Springfield rifles.

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

April 30

Old Wilderness Tavern

May 1-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

The regiment lost over a hundred casualties out of the three hundred engaged. Major Lansfield Chapman, commanding the regiment, and First Lieutenant William Shields were killed. Captains Charles Borbridge and William Jordan and First Lieutenants Alfred Colgan and Charles Kennedy were wounded.

June 11-July 24

Gettysburg Campaign

July 1-3

Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Captain John H. Flynn. It brought 370 men to the field, losing 3 killed, 23 wounded (including Captain Flynn) and 2 missing.


From the Slocum Avenue monument: "Arrived at 5 p.m. July 1st and went into position on the ridge north of Little Round Top. At 6:30 a.m. July 2nd moved to Culp's Hill where the regiment advanced to Rock Creek to support the skirmish line. At dark retired and moved with the Brigade. Returned at about 3 a.m. July 3rd and at 8 a.m. advanced and occupied the works from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m."


From the Rock Creek monument: "The regiment took position here July 2nd abut 8 a.m. Deployed as skirmishers and was engaged with the enemy during the day. Remained until 7 p.m. when it was ordered to rejoin First Brigade"

July 13

Fair Play, Md.

July - September

Duty on line of the Rapidan

September 24-October 3

Movement to Bridgeport, Ala.; Transferred to Army of the Cumberland

October 26-29

Reopening Tennessee River

October 28

Companies L, M, N and O transferred to 147th Pennsylvania

October 28-29

Battle of Wauhatchie, Tenn.

November 23-27

Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign

November 23-24

Battles of Lookout Mountain

November 25

Mission Ridge

November 27

Ringgold Gap, Taylor's Ridge

First Lieutenant Pete Katlor was mortally wounded


Guard duty on Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad

December 12

Captain Flynn was promoted to lieutenant colonel

December 24

Regiment reenlisted


January - February

Veterans on furlough

March 18

Colonel Ahl resigned

March 27

Captain James Fizpatrick of Company A was promoted to major


Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland

April 12-16

Expedition down the Tennessee River to Triana

May 1

Atlanta Campaign

May 5-13

Demonstration on Rocky Faced Ridge and Dalton

May 8

Dug Gap, or Mill Springs

Major Fitzpatrick was wounded

May 14-15

Battle of Resaca

May 19

Near Cassville

May 22-25

Advance on Dallas

May 25

New Hope Church

May 25-June 5

Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills

June 9

Lieutenant Colonel Flynn was promoted to colonel

June 10-July 2

Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain

June 11-14

Pine Hill

June 15-17

Lost Mountain

June 15

Gilgal, or Golgotha Church

Captain Alfred Colgan of Company I was wounded for the second time, and eventually discharged

June 17

Muddy Creek

June 19

Noyes Creek

June 22

Kolb's Farm

June 27

Assault on Kenesaw

July 4

Ruff's Station or Smyrna Camp Ground

July 5-17

Chattahoochie River

July 19-20

Peach Tree Creek

Captain Frank Bonsal wounded

July 22

Siege of Atlanta

August 9

Major Fitzpatrick promoted to lieutenant colonel

August 26-September 2

Operations at Chattahoochie River Bridge

September 2-
November 15

Occupation of Atlanta

November 9

Whitehall Road, near Atlanta

November 15-
December 10

March to the sea

December 10-21

Siege of Savannah


January to April

Campaign of the Carolinas

February 12-13

North Edisto, S. C.

February 15

Red Bank Creek

February 15

Congaree Creek

March 16

Averysboro, N. C.

March 19-21

Battle of Bentonville

March 24

Occupation of Goldsboro

Captain George Martin died

April 9-13

Advance on Raleigh

April 14

Occupation of Raleigh

April 26

Bennett's House. Surrender of Johnston and his army.

April 29-May 20

March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va.

May 24

Grand Review


Duty in the Dept. of Washington attached to 3rd Brigade, Bartlett's Division, 22nd Corps, Dept. of Washington

June 1

Captain Jacob Arner promoted to major

July 18

Mustered out under Lieutenant Colonel Fitzpatrick and Major Arnor

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