The Civil War in the East

81st Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment


The 81st Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment lost 18 officers and 190 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 officers and 96 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.


It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.

Monument to the 81st Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg



Organized at Philadelphia

October 1-9

At Easton, Pa.

October 10

Moved to Washington, D.C. Attached to Howard's Brigade, Richardson's Division, Army Potomac



Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army Potomac

March 10-15

Advance on Manassas, Va.

March 20

Reconnaissance to Gainesville

March 28-31

Operations on Orange & Alexandria Railroad

April 5-May 4

Ordered to the Virginia Peninsula. Siege of Yorktown

May 28-30

Construction of Grape Vine Bridge on Chickahominy

May 31-June 1

Battle of Fair Oaks (Seven Pines)

Colonel Miller was killed.

June 18

Fair Oaks

June 21

Fair Oaks Station

June 25-July 1

Seven days before Richmond

June 28

Orchard Station

June 29

Peach Orchard, Allen's Farm

June 29

Savage Station

June 30

White Oak Swamp Bridge and Glendale

July 1

Malvern Hill


At Harrison's Landing

August 16-30

Movement to Fortress Monroe, then to Alexandria and Centreville

September 1


September 6-24

Maryland Campaign

September 16-17

Battle of Antietam


Moved to Harper's Ferry and duty there

October 16-17

Reconnaissance to Charlestown

October 29-November 17

Advance up Loudon Valley and movement to Falmouth, Va.

November 2

Snicker's Gap

November 5-6

Manassas Gap

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg



At Falmouth

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

May 1-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

June 9

Reconnaissance to the Rappahannock

June 10

Kelly's Ford

June 13-July 24

Gettysburg Campaign

July 1-3

Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Amos Stroh.


From the monument: "Fought on this line in the afternoon of July 2nd. Present at Gettysburg 175 officers and men. Killed and died of wounds 9 men. Wounded 5 officers and 40 men. Captured or missing 8 men Total Loss 62"

July 5-24

Pursuit of Lee


Duty on line of the Rappahannock

September 13-17

Advance from the Rappahannock to the Rapidan

October 9-22

Bristoe Campaign

October 14

Auburn and Bristoe

November 7-8

Advance to line of the Rappahannock

November 26-December 2

Mine Run Campaign

November 28-30

Mine Run



At Stevensburg

February 6-7

Demonstration on the Rapidan

May 4-June 12

Rapidan Campaign

May 5-7

Battle of the Wilderness

May 8-21

Battle of Spottsylvania Court House

May 8

Corbin's Bridge

May 10

Po River

May 12

Assault on the Salient

May 18

Landen House

May 23-26

North Anna River

May 26-28

Line of the Pamunkey

May 28-31


June 12

Battle of Cold Harbor

June 16-18

Before Petersburg. Beginning of Siege of Petersburg

June 22-23

Jerusalem Plank Road

July 27-29

Demonstration north of the James at Deep Bottom

July 27-28

Deep Bottom

July 30

Mine Explosion, Petersburg (Reserve)

August 13-20

Demonstration north of the James at Deep Bottom

August 14-18

Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom

August 25

Ream's Station

December 7-10

Reconnaissance to Hatcher's Run

December 8

Hatcher's Run


February 5-7

Dabney's, Mills, Hatcher's Run

March 25

Watkins' House, Petersburg

March 28-April 9

Appomattox Campaign

March 29-30

On line of Hatcher's and Gravelly Runs

March 31

Hatcher's Run or Boydton Road

March 31

White Oak Road

April 2

Sutherland Station

April 6

Sailor's Creek

April 7

High Bridge, Farmville

April 9

Appomattox C. H. Surrender of Lee and his army.

May 2-12

March to Washington, D.C.

May 23

Grand Review

June 29

Mustered out

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