The History of Battery A (formerly Known as the Keystone Battery): And Troop A, N.G.P.

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Logan Howard-Smith, John Fulton Reynolds Scott
John C. Winston Company, 1912 - Pennsylvania - 272 pages
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Battery A, the Keystone Battery, was originally organized and drilled in 1861 as a volunteer infantry company, and eventually served in the Civil War from 1862-1864 as an independent artillery battery from Pennysylvania. In 1867 the Battery was reorganized as Battery A, 1st Regiment Artillery, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Pennsylvania State Milita, a part of the N.G.P., or Pennsylvania National Guard.
 

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Page 54 - PITTSBURG, PA., August 4, 1864. To the people of the southern tier of counties of Pennsylvania : Your situation is such that a raid by the enemy is not impossible at any time during the summer and coming fall. I therefore call upon you to put your rifles and shotguns in good order, and also supply yourselves with plenty of ammunition.
Page 54 - ... enemy is not impossible at any time during the summer and coming fall. I therefore call upon you to put your rifles and shotguns in good order, also supplying yourselves with plenty of ammunition. Your corn-fields, mountains, forests, thickets, buildings, &c., furnish favorable places for cover, and at the same time enable you to kill the marauders, recollecting if they come it is to plunder, destroy and burn your property. " DN COUCH, " Major-General Commanding Department." Was bushwhacking...
Page 42 - Division deployed along the crest, occupying it far to the right a7id left. Its skirmishers, advanced below on the other side, were stationary, and warmly engaged with those of the enemy, both parties seeking the cover of the ground from each other, but perfectly in view from the top of the ridge.
Page 56 - The quartermaster's department will furnish the necessary transportation. By command of Major-General BANKS. (Signed,) RICHARD B. IRWIN, Assistant-Adjutant- General In compliance with the above Order, the battery embarked, February llth, on board the steamer " Karnak," and proceeded to New York, where it arrived February 19th.
Page 60 - By command of Major-General Couch. JNO. S. SCHULTZE, Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
Page 57 - ... soil was touched. Accompanying I invite attention to a telegram to General Averell, with his reply, also a statement made by an intelligent sergeant on duty at these headquarters, who was in Chambersburg during the rebel occupation, and part of the time a prisoner. I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant, DN COUCH, Major-General, Commanding Department. Maj. Gen. HW HALLECK, Chief of Staff.
Page 41 - Division had carried the high ridge crossing our course, upon which the enemy first made fight. This was a very high and steep ridge, and, being cleared, the whole mechanism of the advance was visible, furnishing a magnificent scene. When my columns arrived at the top, I found the line of the First Division deployed along the crest, occupying it far to the right a7id left.
Page 50 - Sigel any reliable report as to the number or description of the Rebel force that attacked Harper's Ferry to-day. General Hunter has orders to move against the enemy with his force, but no information has been received from him. This Department will promptly co-operate with the State...
Page 51 - Washington and its vicinity for loo days unless sooner discharged. The troops to be organized according to the general regulations of the service; to be armed, clothed, paid, transported, subsisted and supplied as other troops in the United States service; to be mustered into the service of the United States by regiments as soon as filled to the minimum strength, and the term of service to be reckoned from the date of muster into the United States service. EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War.
Page 51 - Maryland. As this may be true, although different from the opinion heretofore entertained by General Grant as to the position of Ewell's corps, your militia or volunteers for short term, in as large numbers as possible, should be organized as quickly as practicable to meet any emergency that may arise.

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