|149th Pennsylvania Infantry|
|Active||August 30, 1862 – June 24, 1865|
|Battles||American Civil War|
|Commanders|| Colonel Roy Stone|
Lt Col Walton Dwight
Col John Irvin
The 149th Pennsylvania Infantry, also known as the 2nd Bucktail Regiment, volunteered during the American Civil War and served a 3-year term from August 1862 to June 1865. Like their forerunners in the 1st Bucktail Regiment, each soldier wore a bucktail on his headwear as a trophy of marksmanship.
During the first year of the Civil War, the 1st Bucktails distinguished themselves as skirmishers and sharpshooters, and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton desired to raise an entire brigade of similar characteristics. Stanton enlisted Major Roy Stone of the 1st Bucktails to this task, and Stone raised 20 companies of recruits by the end of August 1862. These 20 companies became the 149th and 150th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiments.
The Regiment is most noted for its service and sacrifice on July 1, 1863, at the Battle of Gettysburg. One source reports 53 soldiers killed, 172 wounded, and 111 missing or captured out of 450 soldiers engaged for a total casualty rate of 74.7% at the epic Battle.
|Company||Primary Location of Recruitment||Earliest Captain|
|A||Lycoming & Tioga Counties||Alfred J. Sofield|
|B||Clearfield County||John Irvin|
|C||Lebanon County||John H. Bassler|
|D||Allegheny County||James Glenn|
|E||Clearfield County||Z.C. McCullough|
|F||Luzerne County||Edwin S. Osborne|
|G||Perry, Potter & Tioga Counties||Thomas B. Bryden|
|H||Clarion & Mifflin Counties||Charles B. Stratton|
|I||Huntingdon County||Brice X. Blair|
|K||Potter County||John C. Johnson|
- ↑ Mr. Lincoln's White House. "Security". http://www.mrlincolnswhitehouse.org/inside.asp?ID=78&subjectID=3. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
- ↑ Kohr, Rich. "The Bucktails on McPherson's Ridge". http://www.gettysburgdaily.com/?p=6587. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
- ↑ Busey, John W. & Martin, David G. (2005). Regimental Strengths and Losses at Gettysburg (4th ed.). Hightstown, NJ: Longstreet House. pp. 29,127. ISBN 0-944413-67-6.
- ↑ 149th Pennsylvania Reenactors. "About Us". http://149thpabucktails.org/about.htm. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
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