United States Regiments & Batteries > Pennsylvania

The 119th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 9 officers and 132 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 officer and 71 enlisted men to disease, during the Civil War. It is honored by two mouments at Gettysburg.

August 5 – 30 Organized for three years service at Philadelphia under Colonel Peter C. Ellmaker, Lieutenant colonel Gideon Clark, and Major Charles Knight.
August 31-
September 1
Moved to Washington, D.C. before organization was completed for duty in the Defenses of Washington
September 19 Ordered to fatigue duty on the north of Washington constructing Forts Mansfield and Reno.
October Duty at Hagerstown, Md. Joined Army of the Potomac in the field and attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 6th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
October 29-
November 19
Movement to Falmouth, Va.
December 12-15
Battle of Fredericksburg
January 20-24 Burnside’s 2nd Campaign, “Mud March”
February At White Oak Church. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
April 27-May 6 Chancellorsville Campaign
April 29-May 2 Operations at Franklin’s Crossing
April 29 Bernard House
May 3 Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg
May 3-4 Salem Heights
May 4 Banks’ Ford
June 9
Battle of Brandy Station

Commanded by Major Henry P. Truefitt, Jr., the regiment was temporarily assigned to a composite infantry brigade supporting the Cavalry Corps.

June 13-July 24 Gettysburg Campaign
July 2-4
Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Colonel Peter C. Ellmaker and brought 466 men to the field, losing two wounded.

From the monuments: 

Formed line afternoon of July 2nd rear of ridge to right of Little Round Top. Morning of the 3rd moved to this position afternoon marched to rear of left center thence to face of Round Top.

After a continuous march of 37 miles, reached field afternoon of 2nd. The brigade, 119th Penna., 6th Maine, 49th Penna., 5th Wis., covered extreme infantry left of the Union army, east of the Taneytown Road on the 3rd. Occupied this position from evening of the 3rd until morning of the 5th.

July 5-24 Pursuit of Lee
July 10-13 At and near Funkstown, Md.
October 9-22
Bristoe Campaign
November 7-8 Advance to line of the Rappahannock
November 7 Rappahannock Station
November 26-December 2
Mine Run Campaign
December-May Duty near Brandy Station
May 4-June 12 Rapidan Campaign
May 5-7
Battle of the Wilderness
May 8-12 Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
May 12 Assault on the Salient
May 23-26
North Anna River
May 26-28 On line of the Pamunkey
May 28-31 Totopotomoy
June 1-12
Cold Harbor
June 17-18 Before Petersburg
June 22-23 Weldon Railroad
June 24
Siege of Petersburg
July 9-11 Moved to Washington, D. C.
July 11-12 Repulse of Early’s attack on Washington
July 14-22 Pursuit of Early
August Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Attached to Army of the Shenandoah
September 13 Demonstration on Gilbert’s Ford, Opequan
September 19
Third Battle of Winchester (Opequan)
September-December Duty in the Shenandoah Valley
December Moved to Petersburg, Va., Siege of Petersburg
March 25 Fort Fisher, Petersburg
March 28-April 9 Appomattox Campaign
April 2 Assault on and fall of Petersburg
April 9
Appomattox Court House

Surrender of Lee and his army

April 23-27 Moved to Danville
May 23-June 3 Moved to Richmond, then to Washington
June 8 Corps Review
June 19 Mustered out