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History of Cambria County, V.2

the 30th it was engaged at Poplar Spring Church and Peeble's Farm, and for its gallant services Gen. Meade bestowed special honors upon the regiment. On October 5 it was remounted and equipped as cavalry and assigned to the First Brigade, led by Col. C. H. Smith, in Gen. D. McM. Gregg's cavalry division. It was engaged in all the active operations of the army until the end. Capt. Ryckman was promoted to Major and made a gallant officer. After the surrender it was a part of Sheridan's cavalry corps in North Carolina, and when it reached the Dan river, ascertaining that Gen. J. E. Johnson had also surrendered to Gen. Sherman, it then returned to Lynchburg and on July 8 was mustered out of service.
    In its ten months' campaign the regiment lost almost all of its line officers: four were killed or mortally wounded in battle; ten were wounded; four were wounded previous to their promotion and four were captured. The enlisted men also suffered severely: 147 were killed in battle or died of disease and 253 were wounded. It was one of the brilliant companies from Johnstown, and its record will be studied with pleasure by all patriotic people.

  • Col. Wm. H. Boyd; disch. Nov. 4, 1864, for wounds received at Cold Harbor, Va., June 3, 1864.
  • Col. Oliver B. Knowles; prom. from maj., Jan. 18, 185; brevet brig-gen. March 13, 1865; must. out with regiment, July 8, 1865.
  • Lieut.-Col. Richard F. Moson; wounded at Petersburg, Va., June 18, 1864; must. out with regt., July 8, 1865.
  • Maj. Chas. F. Gillies; wounded at Petersburg, Va., June 18, 1864; disch. Oct. 15, 1864; re-com. Jan. 31, 1865, must. out with regt., July 18, 1865.
  • Maj. Robt. Bell; prom. from capt. Co. B, April 1, 1864; must. out with regt., July 8, 1865.
  • Maj. Richard Ryckman; prom. from capt. Co. F, Nov. 9, 1864; brevet brig.-gen., April 5, 1865; must. out with regt., July 8, 1865.

    Recruited in Cambria Co.; mustered in June 27, 1863; mustered out July 8, 1865.
  • Capt. Richard Ryckman; prom. to maj., Nov. 9, 1864.
  • Capt. Thos. D. Black; prom. from 1st serg. to 2d lieut., March 3, 1864; to 1st lieut., Sept. 14, 1864; to capt., Nov. 9, 1864; disch. to date May 15, 1865.
  • 1st Lieut. J. Speer Orr; died Aug. 22, 1864, of wounds received at Weldon Railroad, Va., Aug. 21, 1864.
  • 1st Lieut. Henry C. Teeter; prom. from serg. to 2d lieut., Nov. 10, 1864; to 1st lieut, Jan. 27, 1865; must. out with Co.; vet.
  • 2d Lieut. J. Henry Triece; prom. from 1st serg., Jan. 27, 1865; missing in action at Sailor's Creek, Va., April 6, 1865.
  • 1st Serg. Wm. H. Slater; prom. from Q. M. Serg., Jan. 28, 1865; com. 2d lieut.; not must.; must. out with Co.
  • Q. M. Serg. Wesley Spires; prom. from com. serg., Jan. 28, 1865; vet.
  • Com. Serg. Levi W. Grimsley; pr. from serg., Jan. 28, 1865; vet.
  • Serg. John J. Benshoff; wounded at Boydton Plank Road, Va., Oct. 27, 1864; must. out with Co.

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