(34th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment)
The 5th Regiment Pennsylvania Reserves lost 14 officers and 127 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 68 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. It is honored by a monument on Big Round Top at Gettysburg.
|June||Organized at Harrisburg under Colonel Seneca G. Simmonds, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph W. Fisher and Major George Dare|
|June 22||Ordered to point on State line opposite Cumberland, Md., then moved into West Virginia in support of Lew Wallace|
|August 8||Moved to Washington, D.C.|
|August-September||Duty at Tennallytown, Md. Attached to 1st Brigade, McCall’s Pennsylvania Reserves Division, Army of the Potomac|
|October 10||At Camp Pierpont, near Langley, Va.|
|December 6||Expedition to Grinnell’s Farm|
|March 10-15||Advance on Manassas, Va. Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac|
|April 9-19||McDowell’s advance on Falmouth. Attached to 1st Brigade, McCall’s Division, Dept. of the Rappahannock|
|April-June||Duty at Fredericksburg|
|June 11-13||Moved to White House. Attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, Army Potomac|
|June 25-July 1||Seven days before Richmond|
|June 26||Battle of Mechanicsville|
|June 27||Battle of Gaines’ Mill|
Battle of Charles City Cross Roads and Glendale
Colonel Simmons was killed.
|July 1||Battle of Malvern Hill|
|July-August||At Harrison’s Landing|
|August 1||Lieutenant Colonel Fisher promoted to colonel, Major Dare to lieutenant colonel and Captain Frank Zentmeyer of Company I to major.|
|August 16-26||Movement to Join Pope and attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 3rd Corps, Army of Virginia|
|August 29||Battle of Groveton|
Second Battle of Bull Run
|September 6-24||Maryland Campaign. Attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac|
Battle of South Mountain
The regiment lost one man killed and nineteen wounded
The regiment was commanded by Colonel Fisher. It lost 2 men killed and 8 wounded.
There are two War Department markers for Seymour’s Brigade on the Antietam battlefield. The first marker is on Mansfield Avenue at Smoketown Road. From the marker:
Seymour’s Briade of Meade’s Division, after its engagement with the enemy of September 16, 1862, bivouacked on either side of the road at this point , with pickets thrown forward in the east woods.
The second marker is on Smoketown Road. From the marker:
Seymour’s Brigade became engaged at daybreak, and advanced on either side of this road into the East Woods, where it became heavily engaged with the enemy.
At the western edge of the East Woods its advance was checked by the enemy, and its ammunition having been exhausted, it was relieved about 7 A. M. by Ricketts’ Division, and withdrawn to the ridge in the rear of Joseph Poffenberger’s.
|September-October||Duty in Maryland|
|October 30-November 19||Movement to Falmouth, Va. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac|
Battle of Fredericksburg
Major Zentmeyer was killed on December 13 (although his burial record shows him as dying in Richmond on December 31).
|January 20-24||“Mud March”|
|February 6||Ordered to Washington, D.C. for duty in the Defenses of Washington and Alexandria. Attached to 3rd Brigade, Pennsylvania Reserves Division, 22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington|
|May 1||Captain J. Harvey Larimer of Company E promoted to major|
|June 25||Joined Army of Potomac in the field. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac|
The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel George Dare while Colonel Fisher commanded the brigade.
From the monument on Big Round Top:
Present at Gettysburg 24 officers and 310 men. Wounded 2 men.
|July 5-24||Pursuit of Lee|
|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||Duty at Alexandria|
|February 14||Major Larimer killed at Bistoe Station|
|February 22||Captain Alfred Smith of Company C promoted to major|
Lieutenant Colonel Dare was killed on May 6
|May 7||Major Smith was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and Captain James A. McPherran of Company F to major|
|May 8-21||Battle of Spotsylvania Court House|
|May 8||Laurel Hill|
|May 12||Assault on the Salient|
|May 23-26||North Anna River|
|May 25||Jericho Ford|
|May 26-28||Line of the Pamunkey|
|May 31||Left the front to muster out|
|June 13||Mustered out under Colonel Fisher, Lieutenant Colonel Smith and Major James A. McPherran|