CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS' Stories

The Soldiers' Stories followed the Letters

Following the "Soldier's Letter" series, a column on the "Soldier's Story" continued.


On June 22, 1861, the 35th Regiment was organized at Camp Curtin.  Joseph A. Davison, Antrim Township, enlisted for three years in Company D, 6th Pennsylvania Reserves in the 35th regiment. Upon enlistment, he was made first sergeant of the company. Camp Curtin served as boot camp for enlistees. Company D was armed with Harper’s Ferry muskets. Orders were received on July 11, to be ready to march on July 12 from Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, to Camp Biddle, near Greencastle.  Co. D was stationed at Camp Biddle from July 12, 1861 to July 22, 1861, during which time Maj. Hershberger, Chambersburg, continued to drill the men.   On July 22, the men were sent to Washington by way of the railroad.  On August 1, 1862, Davison was promoted to first lieutenant.  His letter is written from camp, near Harrison’s Landing, VA.

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