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The 47th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 5 officers and 112 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 officers and 170 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

1861
August -September Organized at Harrisburg under Colonel Tilghman Good, Lt. Colonel G. W. Alexander and Major William Gausler
September 20-21 Moved to Washington, D.C. and stationed on Kalorama Heights
September 27 Moved across the Chain Bridge into Virginia. Assigned to the 3rd Brigade, W. F. Smith’s Division, Army Potomac
September – December Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C.
1862
January 22-February 4 Moved to Key West, Fla., via Annapolis, Md., on Steamer Oriental
February – June Duty at Fort Taylor, Key West, Fla. attached to District of Key West
June 18-22 Moved to Hilton Head, S. C. and attached to District of Beaufort, S.C., Dept. South
July 2 To Beaufort, S.C.
September 30-October 13 Expedition to Florida
October 3 St. John’s Bluff
October 5 Capture of Jacksonville (Companies E and K, under Captain Yard)
October 6 Expedition from Jacksonville to Lake Beresford on the steamer Darlington, and capture of steamer Gov. Milton near Hawkinsville (Companies E and K)
October 21-23 Expedition to Pocotaligo, S.C.
October 22
Frampton’s Plantation and Pocotaligo Bridge

Colonel Good commanded the brigade and Lt. Colonel Alexander the regiment, which fought for two hours against the enemy, well protected in defensive works, losing Captain Charles Mickley and 18 enlisted men killed, Captain George Junker mortally wounded, and Captain Reuben Gardner, Lieutenant William Geety and 114 enlisted men wounded

1863
October, 1863 – February, 1864 Over 500 men of the regiment reenlisted and received a Veteran furlough
November 15 Ordered to Key West, Fla. to Garrison Fort Taylor (Companies A, B, C, E, G and I) and Fort Jefferson (Companies D, F, H and K). Attached to District of Key West, Fla., 10th Corps, Dept. of the South
1864
February 25 Moved to New Orleans, La. via the steamer Charles Thomas
February 28 Arrived at Algiers, La., movd by rail to Brashear City and by steamer up Bayou Teche to Franklin. Assigned to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf
March 10-May 22 Banks’ Red River Campaign
March 14-26 Advance from Franklin to Alexandria
April 8
Battle of Sabine Cross Roads

The regiment lost 60 casualties, including Lieutenant Alfred Swoyer, who was killed

April 9
Pleasant Hill

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander, Color Sergeant Benjamin P. Wallis (who was 68 years old) and Sergeant Pyers, were wounded

April 15 Major Gausler and Adjutant W.H.R. Hangen discharged by special order of the War Department
April 23 Monett’s Ferry, Cane River Crossing
April 30-May 10 Fatigue duty at Alexandria constructing dam across Red River
May 13-20 Retreat to Morganza
May 16 Mansura
May-June At Morganza
June 20 At New Orleans
July 5-12 Moved to Washington, D.C. on the steamer McClellan
July 24 Captain J.P. Shindle Gobin of Company C promoted to major
August -November Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Attached to Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division
September 5
Berryville

Captain Daniel Oyster wounded

September 19
Third Battle of Winchester (Battle of Opequan)
September 22
Fisher’s Hill
September 23-24 Colonel Good, Lt. Colonel Alexander mustered out at the expiration of his term of service
October 19
Battle of Cedar Creek

The regiment lost 176 casualties. Captain Edwin Minnich was killed, Captain John Goebel mortally wounded, and Captain Daniel Oyster wounded

November-December At Camp Russell, near Winchester
November 4 Major Gobin promoted to lieutenant colonel
December 20 At Camp Fairview, Charlestown, and on outpost duty in West Virginia
1865
January 3 Lt. Colonel Gobin promoted to colonel and Captain Charles Abbott of Company K to lieutenant colonel
February Assigned to 2nd Brigade, Provisional Division, Army Shenandoah
April 19-21 Moved to Washington. D.C. and attached to 2nd Brigade, Dwight’s Division, 22nd Corps, Dept. of Washington
May 22 Captain Levi Stuber of Company I promoted to major
May 23-24 Grand Review
May 31-June 4 Moved to Savannah, Ga. and assigned to 3rd Brigade, Dwight’s Division, District of Savannah, Ga., Dept. South
June 17 To Charleston, S.C. and duty at Charleston and other points in South Carolina
July Attached to 1st Sub-District, South Carolina, Dept. South Carolina
December 25 Mustered out under Colonel Gobin, Lt. Colonel Abbott and Major Stuber