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Pennsylvania 46th Volunteer Infantry (Union)

25 May 1862

Participated in the Battle of First Winchester at Winchester, Virginia.

The Battle of First Winchester
The Battle of First Winchester

Part of Jackson's Valley Campaign, the First Battle of Winchester took place May 24, 1862. The battle was huge victory for Jackson's troops and disrupted the Union's plans to take Richmond. Read More

09 Aug 1862

Assigned to the Regiment led by Colonel Joseph Knipe.

Colonel Joseph Knipe

09 Aug 1862

Participated in the Battle of Cedar Mountain at Culpepper County, Virginia.

The Battle of Cedar Mountain
The Battle of Cedar Mountain

Maj. Gen. John Pope was placed in command of the newly-constituted Army of Virginia on June 26th. Pope's orders were to defend Washington DC and Union-held northern Virginia while the Army of the Potomac under Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan battled Robert E. Lee outside of Richmond.  When McClellan was defeated at the end of the Seven Days battles less than a week later, Lee turned his attention north toward Pope while McClellan regrouped his army. Pope's three army corps were arrayed in a line from th… Read More

17 Sep 1862

Assigned to the Regiment led by Colonel Joseph F. Knipe, and Lieutenant Colonel James L. Selfridge.

Colonel Joseph F. Knipe

Lieutenant Colonel James L. Selfridge

17 Sep 1862

Assigned to the Brigade led by Brigadier General Samuel W. Crawford, and Colonel Joseph F. Knipe.

Brigadier General Samuel W. Crawford

Colonel Joseph F. Knipe

17 Sep 1862

Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Alpheus S. Williams, Brigadier General George H. Gordon, and Brigadier General Samuel W. Crawford.

Brigadier General Alpheus S. Williams

Brigadier General George H. Gordon

Brigadier General Samuel W. Crawford

17 Sep 1862

Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Samuel W. Crawford.

Brigadier General Samuel W. Crawford

17 Sep 1862

Participated in the Battle of Antietam at Sharpsburg, Maryland.

The Battle of Antietam
The Battle of Antietam

The Army of the Potomac, under the command of Maj. Gen. George McClellan, mounted a series of powerful assaults against General Robert E. Lee’s forces along Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17th, 1862. Read More

30 Apr 1863

Assigned to the Regiment led by Captain Edward L. Witman, and Major Cyrus Strous.

30 Apr 1863

Assigned to the Brigade led by Brigadier General Joseph F. Knipe.

Brigadier General Joseph F. Knipe

30 Apr 1863

Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Alpheus S. Williams.

Brigadier General Alpheus S. Williams

30 Apr 1863

Assigned to the Regiment led by Major Cyrus Strous.

30 Apr 1863

Participated in the Battle of Chancellorsville at Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

The Battle of Chancellorsville
The Battle of Chancellorsville

On April 27, 1863, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker launched a turning movement designed to pry Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia out of its lines at Fredericksburg. Read More

01 Jul 1863

Pennsylvania 46th Volunteer Infantry organized.

01 Jul 1863

Assigned to the Regiment led by Colonel James L. Selfridge.

01 Jul 1863

Assigned to the Brigade led by Colonel Archibald L. McDougall.

01 Jul 1863

Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Alpheus S. Williams, and Brigadier General Thomas H. Ruger.

Brigadier General Alpheus S. Williams

Brigadier General Thomas H. Ruger

01 Jul 1863

Participated in the Battle of Gettysburg at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

The Battle of Gettysburg
The Battle of Gettysburg

In the summer of 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee launched his second invasion of the Northern states. Lee sought to capitalize on recent Confederate victories and defeat the Union army on Northern soil, which he hoped would force the Lincoln administration to negotiate for peace. Lee also sought to take the war out of the ravaged Virginia farmland and gather supplies for his Army of Northern Virginia. Using the Shenandoah Valley as cover for his army, Lee was pursued first by Union Maj. Gen. Joseph Ho… Read More

19 Aug 1863

Pennsylvania 46th Volunteer Infantry mustered out.

25 May 1864

Participated in the Battle of New Hope Church at Paulding County, Georgia.

The Battle of New Hope Church
The Battle of New Hope Church

During early May 1864, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman successfully outmaneuvered the army of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston in multiple battles in northwest Georgia. Each time, Johnston fell back to a new defensive position closer to the strategic Confederate city of Atlanta. After Johnston retreated to Allatoona Pass on May 19-20th following the battle at Adairsville, Sherman determined to move around Johnston’s left flank rather than attack the strong Confederate defenses in his front. On May 23rd, Sherman set in… Read More

27 May 1864

Participated in the Battle of Dallas at Paulding County, Georgia.

The Battle of Dallas
The Battle of Dallas

During early and mid-May 1864, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman successfully outmaneuvered the army of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston in multiple battles in northwest Georgia. Each time, Johnston fell back to a new defensive position closer to the strategic Confederate city of Atlanta. Stopped at New Hope Church on Johnston's left on May 26th, Sherman attacked Johnston's right at Pickett's Mill on May 27th. The next day, Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee’s corps probed the Union defensive line, held by Maj. Gen. John A. Log… Read More

27 Jun 1864

Participated in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain at Cobb County, Georgia.

The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain

Fearing envelopment northwest of Atlanta, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston withdrew his army to a new defensive position astride Kennesaw Mountain near Marietta.  Johnston selected this position in order to protect the Western & Atlantic Railroad, his supply link to Atlanta. Prior to taking up this new line on June 19th, Johnston had pioneers working through the night digging trenches and erecting fortifications, turning Kennesaw into a formidable earthen fortress.  Having defeated Lieut.… Read More

20 Jul 1864

Assigned to the Brigade led by Brigadier General Joseph F. Knipe.

Brigadier General Joseph F. Knipe

20 Jul 1864

Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Alpheus S. Williams.

Brigadier General Alpheus S. Williams

20 Jul 1864

Participated in the Battle of Peachtree Creek at Fulton County, Georgia.

The Battle of Peachtree Creek
The Battle of Peachtree Creek

Weary of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's pattern of retreat through northwest Georgia in the face of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's advancing armies, President Jefferson Davis removed him from command of the Army of Tennessee, replacing him with Lieut. Gen. John B. Hood.  On July 20th, Hood determined to take the fight to the enemy by setting upon an isolated portion of Sherman's forces in front of Atlanta. Hood's target would be the Union corps of Maj. Gens. Oliver O. Howard and Joseph Hooker from Maj. Gen… Read More

19 Mar 1865

Participated in the Battle of Bentonville at Bentonville, NC.

The Battle of Bentonville
The Battle of Bentonville

After his march to the sea, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman headed north in early 1865 to unite with Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s army in Virginia. Only Confederate Gen. Joseph Johnston’s army stood between Sherman and Grant. After briefly blocking Sherman’s advance at Averasboro, North Carolina on March 16, Johnston struck Maj. Gen. Henry Slocum's wing of Sherman’s army near Bentonville on March 19. The Confederates ran into stiff resistance, as Slocum established a defensive position. Johnston's assaults con… Read More