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The 83rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 11 officers and 271 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 151 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg, as is Colonel Vincent.

1861
September 8 Organized at Erie and mustered into United States service
September 18-20 Moved to Washington, D.C. Attached to Butterfield’s Brigade, Fitz John Porter’s Division, Army of the Potomac for duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C.
1862
March Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army Potomac
March 10-15 Advance on Manassas, Va.
March 22-24 Moved to the Virginia Peninsula
March 30 Reconnaissance to Big Bethel
April 5 Warwick Road
April 5-May 4 Siege of Yorktown. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, Army Potomac
May 10 Reconnaissance up the Pamunkey
May 27 Action at Hanover C. H.
May 27-29 Operations about Hanover C. H.
June 25-July 1 Seven days before Richmond
June 26 Battle of Mechanicsville
June 27 Gaines Mill
June 29 Savage Station
June 30 Turkey Bridge or Malvern Cliff
July 1 Malvern Hill
July – August At Harrison’s Landing
August 16-27 Movement to Fortress Monroe, then to Centreville
August 27-September 2 Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia
August 30 Second Battle of Bull Run
September 6-24 Maryland Campaign
September 16-17
Battle of Antietam
September 19 Sharpsburg and Shepherdstown Ford
September-October Duty at Sharpsburg, Md.
October 30-November 19 Movement to Falmouth, Va.
December 12-15 Battle of Fredericksburg

Commanded by Colonel Strong Vincent

December 29-30 Expedition to Richards and Ellis Fords, Rappahannock River
1863
January 20-24 Burnside’s second Campaign, “Mud March”
February-April At Falmouth, Va.
April 26-May 6 Chancellorsville Campaign
May 1-5 Battle of Chancellorsville
June 13-July 24 Gettysburg Campaign
June 17 Aldie
June 21 Middleburg and Upperville
July 1-3 Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded at Gettysburg by Captain Orpheus S. Woodward while its colonel, Strong Vincent, led the brigade. Colonel Vincent was mortally wounded in his heroic defense of Little Round Top.

From the monument on the south slope of Little Round Top:

The brigade was hurried to Little Round Top about 5 p.m. of July 2nd. This regiment taking position in front of this monument and repulsed several desperate charges of the enemy after which this Regiment assisted in driving the enemy beyond and taking possession of Big Round Top. On the morning of the 3rd, rejoined the Brigade on the left centre.

Present at Gettysburg 308 officers and men. Killed 1 officer and 9 men. Wounded 3 officers and 42 men.”

July 5-24 Pursuit of Lee
August-October Duty at Warrenton, Beverly Ford and Culpeper
November 7-8 Advance to line of the Rappahannock
November 7 Rappahannock Station
November 26-December 2 Mine Run Campaign
December-May At Beverly Ford
1864
May 4-June 12 Rapidan Campaign
May 5-7 Battls of the Wilderness
May 8-21 Battle of Spottsylvania 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 28-31 Totopotomoy
June 1-12 Battle of Cold Harbor
June 1-3 Bethesda Church
June 16-18 Before Petersburg, Siege of Petersburg begins
July 30 Mine Explosion, Petersburg
August 18-21 Weldon Railroad
September 7 Old members mustered out. Consolidated to 6 Companies.
September 29-October 2 Peeble’s Farm, Poplar Springs Church
October 27-28 Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run
December 7-12 Warren’s Expedition to Weldon Railroad
1865
February 5-7 Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run
March 28-April 9 Appomattox Campaign
March 31 Lewis Farm, near Gravelly Run
March 29 Junction of the Quaker and Boydton Roads
March 31 White Oak Road
April 1 Five Forks
April 9
Appomattox Court House

Surrender of Lee and his army.

May 2-12 March to Washington, D.C.
May 23 Grand Review
June 28 Mustered out
July 4 Disbanded at Harrisburg, Pa.