69th Pennsylvania Infantry


"The Musician"

(Image .. Courtesy of Gallon Historical Art - Gettysburg, PA)



        The Commanding Officers of the 69th  Infantry were Cols., Joshua T. Owen, Dennis O'Kane, William Davis, Lieut.-Cols., Dennis O'Kane, John Devereux, Martin Tschudy James Duffy, William Davis, James O'Reilly, Majs., John Devereux, Martin Tschudy, James Duffy, William Davis, Patrick S. Tinen, James O'Reilly, John McHugh.

        The 69th Regiment, mostly composed of men from Philadelphia, with a few from Schuylkill County, was mustered into the U. S. Service on Aug. 19, 1861, for three years. Its colonel had commanded the 24th Regiment in the three months, service, and most of the members were Irishmen, robust and of fine physique. On Sept. 17, 1861, it left the state for Washington, and remained in the vicinity of the capital engaged in the work of fortification and routine duties until Feb. 22, 1862.

        In Oct. 1861, it was assigned to The Famous Philadelphia Brigade - Col. E. D. Baker, Stone's division, Banks' army. Col. Baker was killed at Ball's Bluff, and Gen. W. W. Burns assumed command of the brigade, Gen. Sedgwick at the same time superseding Gen. Stone. In February 1862, it was presented with a Green Flag by the citizens of Philadelphia. When it moved on the Peninsular campaign its brigade was designated the 2nd of the 2nd Division, 2nd Corps under Gen. Sumner. In this campaign it shared in the siege of Yorktown; was engaged with small loss at Fair Oaks, Virginia; was hotly engaged at the Peach Orchard and Savage Station losing 2 killed, 6 wounded, and 9 prisoners, behaved with great gallantry at Charles City cross-roads' and was complimented by Gen. Hooker for making "the first successful bayonet charge of the war." Its loss here was7 killed, 22 wounded and 5 captured.

        It was again in action at Malvern Hill, then moved to Centerville, Gen. Howard taking command of the brigade. It suffered a small loss at Chantilly but was heavily engaged at Antietam losing 3 officers and 18 men killed, 3 officers and 54 men wounded, and I officer and 9 men prisoners. It skirmished at Snicker's gap in October, and on Nov. 15, went into camp at Falmouth, where Col. Owen was promoted to Brigadier General and Lieut.-Col. O'Kane became Colonel. It lost heavily at Fredericksburg, where it behaved with its usual gallantry. It was not actively engaged at Chancellorsville, but skirmished lightly at Thoroughfare Gap and at Haymarket in June 1863, and arrived at Gettysburg at the close of the first day on July 1, 1863. Its losses during the next two days were enormous. Of  258 officers and men who went into action, it lost 6 officers and 32 men killed, 7 officers and 76 men wounded, and 2 officers and 16 men prisoners, a total of 143. Both Col. O'Kane and Lieut.-Col. Tschudy were among the killed. After joining in the pursuit of Lee's army into Virginia, it was variously employed in the ensuing fall operations in reconnaissance's, guard and picket duties, and shared in the Mine Run campaign with some loss.

        Winter quarters were established at Stevensburg, where the veterans who had reenlisted were given the usual furlough in March, 1864, and were presented with a new Green Flag in Philadelphia, the old one being deposited in Independence Hall. In May 1864, it moved on the spring campaign; was heavily engaged at the Wilderness, Po River, Spottsylvania, where Lieut. McAnally of Co. D captured a stand of colors in a hand-to-hand encounter, the North Anna, Totopotomoy and Cold Harbor, where the return of the veterans together with the recruits, brought the regimental strength up to 300. It crossed the James River on June 14, and was immediately brought under fire; lost heavily a week later on the Jerusalem Plank Road; was in reserve at the explosion of the mine on July 30, supported the cavalry at Reams' Station in August; was heavily engaged there on the 25th, Col. Davis being among the wounded; suffered severely at Hatcher's Run in October, fought at Dabney's Mills on Feb. 5, 1865; and led the assault on the Petersburg Works on March 25, carrying and holding a portion of the intrenchments. On the 29th, it started on the final campaign, being engaged at Jetersville and High Bridge, and was at Clover Hill when the surrender was announced. It was finally mustered out at Ball's Cross-Roads, opposite Washington.



"Proudly dedicated to the Soldiers & Musicians of the 69th Pennsylvania .. and my Philadelphia Irish Ancestry"


Presented by:

Helen Marie Melly More

Marlborough, Massachusetts

July 2, 2012


"With my sincerest appreciation to the following Artists"


Background Music:  Ancient Irish Air .. "The Moreen"

Courtesy of and sequenced by .. Barry Taylor & John Renfro Davis


Image Acknowledgment .. "The Musician"

Gallon Historical Art

9 Steinwehr Ave. - Gettysburg, PA  17325


Other Acknowledgments:

Civil War Research & Genealogy Database

Eclipse Digital Imaging

Irish in the Civil War - Flag Library



Please select any portion of the following  underlined   Chapters:


Civil War  - Pennsylvania Regiments

The Blue Uniform         My Family  ..   A Call to Arms          "Dear Mother" ...  1862 Letter             A Proper Burial

Roll of Honor ... Our Fallen Lads            The Drummer Boy           Medal of Honor - Sgt. Pursell  

104th PA Regiment        Battle of Fair Oaks         69th PA - Irish Brigade of Philadelphia

72nd PA - Sgt. George Leidy Hess

"The Gettysburg Address"

"Dear Mrs. Bixby" ... 1864 Letter - President Lincoln

From the Halls of Montezuma - U.S. Marine Corps

"Pledge of Allegiance"

My name is ... "Old Glory"

September 11, 2001  .. "Let's roll"



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