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Fifty-Third Pennsylvania Infantry.

Brooke's Brigade — Barlow's Division--Second Corps.

(1) Col. John R. Brooke; Bvt. Major-Gen. (2) Col. Octavius S. Bull.
(3) Col. William M. Mintzer; Bvt. Brig. Gen.

companies. killed and died of wounds. died of disease, accidents, in Prison, &c. Total Enrollment.
Officers. Men. Total. Officers. Men. Total.
Field and Staff 1   1       18
Company A   25 25   21 21 207
  B   14 14   19 19 174
  C   15 15   18 18 178
  D 1 27 28   19 19 210
  E   10 10   8 8 163
  F 1 19 20   21 21 206
  G   25 25 1 23 24 246
  H   21 21   19 19 209
  I 1 21 22   18 18 211
  K 1 18 19   27 27 171
Totals 5 195 200 1 193 194 1,993

200 killed == 10 per cent.

Total of killed and wounded, 787; died in Confederate prisons (previously included), 56.

battles. K. & M. W. battles. K. & M. W.
Fair Oaks, Va. 22 Totopotomoy, Va. 1
Seven Days Battle, Va. 3 Cold Harbor, Va. 16
Antietam, Md. 8 Petersburg, Va. (assault, 1864) 18
Fredericksburg, Va. 39 Petersburg Trenches, Va. 9
Chancellorsville, Va. 1 Deep Bottom, Va. 4
Gettysburg, Pa. 11 Ream's Station, Va. 1
Bristoe Station, Va. 1 Picket, Va., Oct. 18, 1864 1
Wilderness, Va. 2 White Oak Road, Va. 20
Spotsylvania, Va. 41 Farmville, Va. 2

Present, also, at Yorktown; Gaines's Mill; Peach Orchard; Savage Station; White Oak Swamp; Malvern Hill; Mine Run; Po River; North Anna; Strawberry Plains; Appomattox.

notes.--Recruiting commenced in September, 1861, the companies being raised in various counties. An organization was effected at Harrisburg, November 5, 1861, after which the regiment proceeded immediately to Washington. It wintered in Virginia, near Alexandria, and then went with General McClellan to the Peninsula, having been assigned to French's (3d) Brigade, Richardson's (1st) Division, Second Corps, remaining in that famous division throughout its service. Its first experience in battle was at Fair Oaks; Major Thomas Yeager was killed there, the total loss of the regiment amounting to 13 killed, 64 wounded, and 17 missing. General Richardson was killed at Antietam, and General Hancock succeeded to the command of the division. General Zook commanded the brigade at Fredericksburg, where, in that bloody assault, the Fifty-third lost 21 killed, 133 wounded, and I missing, out of the 283 men who were in line that day. In December, 1863, the regiment reenlisted for the war, and so was present at all the battles of the Second Corps. It participated, with severe loss, in Hancock's charge at Spotsylvania, in the assaults at Cold Harbor and Petersburg, and was actively engaged in the battle near Hatcher's Run, on March 31, 1865, an engagement known as White Oak Road, or Boydton Road. Its losses at Spotsylvania were 26 killed, 123 wounded, and 28 missing; total, 177 The regiment was mustered out June 30, 1865.


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