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History of Cambria County, V.2

HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 555
thoroughfare through territory mainly hostile, protecting the few loyal inhabitants, scouring the country, and fighting the guerrilla bands of Edwards, White, Imboden and McNeil, capturing many rebels, horses and arms, participating in engagements at Back Creek Bridge, Virginia, September 22, 1862, and Mangares Mills, Virginia, October 25. October 4, 1862, Company K, stationed at Little Cacapon, and Company B, at Paw Paw, were surrounded by an overwhelming force of the enemy under Imboden, and captured after a sharp fight. Upon the organization of the Eighth Army Corps of West Virginia, the regiment was assigned to the Third Brigade, Second Division; Companies B and K were exchanged in December and returned to the regiment, and the command was relieved from guard duty, moving to Romney, January 6, 1863, attached to the Fourth Brigade, First Division, and marched, April 3d, in pursuit of the enemy, fighting at Burlington, Virginia. Purgitsville on the 6th, and Gowan's Ferry on the 7th. July 6th moved by forced marches in pursuit of Lee's army retreating from Gettysburg, engaging the enemy at Heagueville, July 17, 1863, and at Cherry Run, July 19th, returning to Romney, August 15, 1863. Moved to Petersburg, West Virginia, engaging the enemy at that place, September 1, 1863. November 6th moved to Springfield, and assigned to the First Brigade, Second Division. In the spring of 1864 marched under General Sigel, later under Hunter and Crook, bearing a gallant part in the battles of New Market, Virginia, May 15, 1864; Piedmont or Mount Crawford, June 5th; Lexington, June 11th; James River, June 14th; Blue Ridge or Peak of Otter, June 15th; Lynchburg, June 17 and 18th; Liberty, June 19th; Salem, June 22nd. Marched across the mountains to Camp Piatt, on the Kanawha river, suffering untold hardships, and moved thence, via Parkersburg, West Virginia, to Martinsburg, Virginia, arriving July 14th. Joined in pursuit of Early, fighting at Snicker's Gap or Island Ford, Virginia, July 18th; Kernstown or Winchester, July 23rd; Martinsburg, July 25th. Participated under Sheridan in his brilliant Shenandoah campaign, including the battles of Cedar Creek, Virginia, August 12, 1864; Charlestown, August 17th; Halltown, August 19th; Berryville, September 3rd; Opequan or Winchester, September 19th; Fisher's Hill, September 22nd; Strasburg, October 13th; Cedar Creek or Middletown, October 19, 1864. Moved, via Washington, District of Columbia, to City Point, Virginia, and on February 16, 1865, the Third and Fourth Pennsylvania Reserves were consolidated with the Fifty-fourth under Colonel A. P. Moulton. Assigned to the Second Brigade, Independent Division, Twenty-fourth Corps, Army of the James, with which it participated in Grant's final campaign, fighting at White Oak Swamp, Virginia, March 23, 1865; Hatcher's Run, April 1st; Fort Greggs, April 2nd; and High Bridge, Virginia, April 6th, where a small force engaged in a desperate battle with the vastly


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