War Between the States

to Private of the 149th Pennsylvania Infantry

7 1/2 x 9 3/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink.

2nd Div. U.S. Army General Hospital
Nov. 30th, 1864

I have to report that Frederick Cankelman, Priv. of Company C, 149 Regiment Pa. Vols. was paid in this General Hospital by Maj. Wingard. for September & October 1864.

Very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
W.A. Harvey
Asst. Surg. U.S. Vols.
Ex. Off. For Surg. in charge

[to] Officer Comdg.
Co. C, 149 Pa. Vols.

Light age toning. Very fine.

William A. Harvey, served as Assistant Surgeon, U.S. Volunteers, 1864-65. He was mustered out of the service on August 22, 1865, with rank of brevet major.

The 149th Pennsylvania Infantry, known as the 2nd Bucktails, fought at Chancellosville, Gettysburg, in the Bristoe, Mine Run and Rapidan campaigns, in the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. They ended the war guarding Confederate prisoners at Elmira, N.Y. Very desirable regiment.

The 149th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg:

The regiment arrived on the Gettysburg battlefield at 11 o'clock a. m. on the first day of the battle, July 1, 1863, and at once went into position on the ridge in front of the Lutheran Seminary, near the Chambersburg Pike. It maintained its position with great heroism throughout the first day until the whole line retreated through the town. Its heaviest losses were sustained in the fierce fighting of this day, though it was fearfully exposed during the great artillery duel of the third day. It lost 53 killed, 172 wounded and 111 captured or missing, a total of 336. Among the severely wounded were Colonel Roy Stone, commanding the brigade, and Lieutenant Colonel Walton Dwight, commanding the regiment.

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