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53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 9:30 PM

The 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry was formed very early during the Civil War.  Company C of the 53rd P. V. I. was formed from the Huntingdon and Blair County areas of central Pennsylvania.  Many of the men to enlist in September and October of 1861 were from the Woodcock Valley area of Huntingdon County.  Most were mustered in October 17, 1861.


I have created a new page dedicated to the men of Company C of the 53rd P. V. I.   The page includes a brief history, the battles the men engaged in, a list of every person known to serve with Company C, and some additional resources.  When possible, I included information and/or photos of each veteran.  However, I still need a lot more information!  If you have an ancestor who served with Co. C of the 53rd P. V. I,, please complete a Roll Call form and submit his information.  I will then respond to you via e-mail.  


The men of Co. C were at the Battle of Gettysburg, and their names are represented on the plaque for the 53rd at the Pennsylvania Memorial.



There were several injuries at Gettysburg received by the men of Co. C who fought in the Wheatfield area.  Matthew G. Isett was killed at Gettysburg.  You can read more about this battle in the letters of Anthony J. Beaver, which are contained in the Faces of the 53rd PVI photo album.  Anthony detailed Matthew Isett's death and the injuries received by the men of Company C.


The men of the 53rd continued fighting until the end of the war.  As the war went on, many men joined Co. C from Company K of the 145th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry in 1864 and 1865.  These men were originally recruited in Erie County, Pennsylvania.  


The men of Company C and of the 53rd Regiment reunited in Gettysburg on several occassions.  The photo below was taken on September 12, 1899.  They are pictured at the 53rd monument.



The photo below was also taken at Gettysburg, but the exact date is not known.  There are a number of veterans from Company C in the front row.  Those who have already been identified include Samuel Wilson Norris, Samuel Watson Gill, and John G. Garner.  



Finally, the men of Company C met and reunited locally as well.  The photo below was taken on June 8, 1898, in Grafton, now known as Hesston, in Huntingdon County, PA.  




Some of the local men from the Woodcock Valley area of Huntingdon County who served with Compan C have been identified above.  Samuel Wilson Norris is the first person on the left in the front row.  Samuel Watson Gill is the fourth person from the left in the front row (there is another man on the ground in front of him).  John G. Garner is the third man in the back row from the left.  Can you identify any other faces from the Woodcock Valley?


Please fill out a Roll Call form if you can submit additional information on any member of Company C of the 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.  I would love to have biographical information on each man, photos, and/or letters written during the Civil War.  You can find the photos and letters I already have in the Faces of the 53rd PVI photo album.  Finally, be sure and check out the Company C, 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry page.  It includes a lot of information on our ancestors who left the Woodcock Valley to serve their country during the Civil War.

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