United States Regiments & Batteries > Pennsylvania

The 153rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 1 officer and 48 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 28 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. The regiment is honored by two monuments at Gettysburg.

September Organized for nine months service at Easton under Colonel Charles Glanz, Lieutenant Colonel Jacob Dachrodt and Major John F. Frueaff
October 6 Moved to Camp Curtin, Harrisburg
October 12 To Washington, D.C.and duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C. Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac.
November 28-30 Reconnaissance from Chantilly to Snicker’s Ferry and Berryville, Va.
December 9-16 March to Fredericksburg, Va.
December 17 Duty at Stafford Court House
January 20-24 Burnside’s 2nd Campaign, “Mud March”
Feberuary-April At Stafford Court House
April 27-May 6 Chancellorsville Campaign
May 1-5
Battle of Chancellorsville

The regiment’s first experience of battle was Stonewall Jackson’s flank attack, with the 153rd at the extreme flank f the army. The regiment fired a single volley before it was flanked on both flanks and was ordered by General Von Gilsa to retire. It did so until reaching the open ground to the west of Chancellorsville, where it rallied.

Colonel Glanz and 33 enlisted men were captured. Nineteen men were killed. Lieutenant Colonel Jacob Dachrodt, Major Frueaff, Captain Owen Rice of Company A, Second Lieutenant Conrad Reyer of Company H, and 53 enlisted men were wounded.

June 11-July 24
Gettysburg Campaign

Colonel Glanz returned from imprisonment but his health was too poor to resume command.

July 1-3
Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded at Gettysburg by Major John Freuauff. It suffered heavily in the fight north of town at the Almshouse on July 1, and again at the gates of the Cemetery on the evening of July 2.

From the monument on Barlow’s Knoll at Gettysburg:

July 1. The Regiment held this position in the afternoon until the Corps was outflanked and retired, when it took position along the lane at the foot of East Cemetery Hill, where it remained until the close of the battle, assisting to repulse the enemy’s assault on the night of the 2nd.

Carried into action 24 officers 545 men. Killed and died of wounds 10 officers 40 men. Wounded 7 officers 117 men. Captured and missing 46 men. Total loss 211.

Second Lieutenant William H. Beaver was killed and Captains Theodore H. Howell, John P. Ricker, Joseph S. Myers, Henry Oerter and George Young, and First Lieutenants Benjamin Schaum, George W. Walton and Horatio Yeager were wounded.

July 5-12 Pursuit of Lee
July 24 Mustered out under Colonel Glanz, Lieutenant Colonel Dachrodt and Major Frueaff