The 63rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment lost 17 officers and 169 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 133 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.
|August||Organized at Pittsburgh under the command of Colonel Alexander Hays and Lieutenant Colonel Algernon S.M. Morgan.|
|August 26||Left State for Washington, D. C. Attached to Jameson’s Brigade, Heintzelman’s Division, Army Potomac for duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C.|
|November 12||Reconnaissance to Pohick Church and the Occoquan|
|March 5||Pohick Church and the Occoquan (Detachment)|
|March 16-18||Moved to the Peninsula. attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army Potomac|
|April 5-May 4||
Siege of Yorktown
Battle of Williamsburg
|May 31-June 1||
Battle of Fair Oaks (Seven Pines)
|June 25-July 1||
Seven days before Richmond
|July-August||Duty at Harrison’s Landing|
|August 16-26||Movement to Centreville. Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps|
|August 27||Bristoe Station or Kettle Run and Buckland’s Bridge, Broad Run|
Captain William S. Kirkwood was wounded
The regiment was commanded by Colonel Alexander Hays and took part in the bayonet charge against Jackson’s position along the Unfinished Railroad. Colonel Hays was wounded and Captain James F. Ryan took command until he was also wounded.
From the trailside marker on the Battlefield:
As the word “Charge!” rang out, we dashed forward with gleaming bayonets and loud yells on the enemy. It was desperate work. The enemy waited until we got close up and then poured such a withering volley into our line that it seemed to shrivel up and reel back. Rapidly rallying, we made another effort to face the iron storm, but the fire was too murderous and we were again compelled to fall back, leaving behind many of our dead and wounded.
– Gilbert A. Hays, A.D.C.
Battle of Chantilly
|September-October||Duty in the Defenses of Washington and guarding fords in Maryland|
|September 29||Colonel Alexander Hays was promted to brigadier general. Lt. Colonel Algernon Morgan was promoted to colonel (although he never returned from his Fair Oaks wounds), Captain William Kirkwood to lieutenant colonel and Captain John A. Danks to major|
|October 11-November 19||March up the Potomac to Leesburg, then to Falmouth, Va.|
|January 20-24||Burnside’s second Campaign, “Mud March”|
|April 18||Colonel Morgan was discharged for disability from his Fair Oaks wounds (he had never returned to command) and Lieutenant Colonel William S. Kirkwood was promoted to colonel.|
|April 27-May 6||
The regiment lost 10 killed or mortally wounded, 43 wounded, and 18 men missing. Lieutenant Colonel Kirkwood was mortally wounded in the leg and chest and Major Danks was wounded and captured. Captain James F. Ryan commanded the regiment at the end of the battle.
|June 11-July 24||
|June 25||Colonel Kirkwood died of his Chancellorsville wound in Alexandria, Virginia.|
|May 23||Major Danks was paroled and returned to the regiment with a promotion to lieutenant colonel.|
|July 1||Lieutenant Colonel Danks was promoted to colonel|
The regiment was commanded by Colonel Danks. It brought 296 men to the field and lost 1 man killed, 29 men wounded and 4 men missing out of 296 officers and men engaged in fighting north of the Peach Orchard on July 2.
|July 5-24||Pursuit of Lee|
Whapping Heights, Va.
|August-September||Duty on line of the Rappahannock|
Auburn and Bristoe
|November 7-8||Advance to line of the Rappahannock|
|November 26-December 2||
Mine Run Campaign
|February 6-7||Demonstration on the Rapidan|
|March||Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps|
|May 4-June 12||Rapidan Campaign|
Colonel Danks was wounded a third time, in the arm and hand.
|May 8||Laurel Hill|
Assault on the Salient
North Anna River
|May 26-28||Line of the Pamunkey|
Siege of Petersburg begins
|July 27-29||Demonstration on north side of the James River at Deep Bottom|
|August 13-20||Demonstration on north side of the James|
Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom
|September 5||Veterans and Recruits transferred to 105th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment|
|September 9||The 63rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment mustered out|