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McCann's Rd near Winchester

This picture was taken about 6 AM on June 15, 2013 – almost exactly 150 years after the 67th marched down this same road, under the railroad bridge, and basically into the hands of overwealming Confederate forces.

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Oops. Sorry – I made some mistakes in my post about what happened to the 67th in the weeks preceding June 30, 1864.

I checked the “Official Record” for the Weldon raid, and found that Division Commander Keiffer reported that Col. Staunton and the remainder of the 67th arrived back with the VI Corps on June 28, 1864. The part of the regiment that rejoined the corps were the veterans coming back from furlough after reenlisting. Presumably, the two companies of non-veterans who had been attached to the 138th Pa (and fought through the horrible battles of Spotsylvania Courthouse, the Wilderness and Cold Harbor) were part of the raid , but the main part of the regiment on June 21 and 22. The was another more successful raid on the railroad, that effectively closed it, on the 30th, and the 67th would likely have been there.

Col. Staunton led the brigade out of the Petersburg lines on July 6, on their sudden, urgent deployment to Maryland.

At this time 150 years ago, the 67th had finally been reunited for the final time as a complete regiment. This was after their second great split up (the first was the capture of most of the regiment at Winchester, and the second was when most of the veterans were given furloughs for reenlisting, but were diverted for several weeks afterwards).
The regiment had by now returned to the main Union siege lines around Petersburg after having participated, with the rest of the VI Corps, in the Ream Station raid of, I think, 22 June. The raid, intended to destroy a major railway leading to Richmond, was a costly failure (only a little track was torn up, and was easily fixed), but it helped the Union cause because if forced Lee to further overstretch his defenses of Petersburg. Here’s a link to the battle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Jerusalem_Plank_Road.  The 67th didn’t see any substantial fighting and returned to their lines. Soon, however, they would be embarking on a great marching odyssey, that would bring major changes to their leadership, return them to familiar haunts, gain them honors in great Union victories, and try the limits of human endurance.

Visit to Winchester – June 14, 15, 2013

We visited Winchester for the weekend of the 150th anniversary of the Second Battle of Winchester, and the anniversary of the capture of almost the entire regiment in the early dawn hours a few miles north of Winchester.

I got to meet another descendant of the regimental soldier, Dave Wilson/George McCartney Wilson, Co K, and heard some great lectures and guided battlefield tours that made the battle much more comprehensible.

That weekend, the Star Fort opened to the public for the first time. It had been cleared of undergrowth and very well done informational plaques placed around the site. The fort was very significant in the battle, and very significant for the 67th, who were placed in rifle pits (basically shallow trenches,  just outside the main walls) where they were under artillery and infantry fire on the 14th.

I was also able to make a special early morning visit to the area where they were captured. As I may have said elsewhere on this site, the area where they were captured is virtually unchanged from the descriptions of 150 years ago. I got a few pictures in the early light that hopefully duplicate the appearance of that area on morning of their capture.

The 67th’s involvement preceeding and during the battle, and especially their capture, are subjects I am very interested in and plan to put out some time soon all the information I’ve been able to gather about them.    

The 67th 150 Years ago

The 67th was still in Annapolis at the beginning of 1863, but was sent to Harpers Ferry early in February. These entries are from the 1863 Timeline page and are from various published references.

February 3, 1863, 6PM Travelled by rail to Harpers Ferry (Bolivar Heights) 11, p.33,34
February 1863 Travelled by rail to Harpers Ferry 1
March 1863 Marched to Berryville. Joined 3rd Brigade, Milroy’s command 1
“duty was guard duty as the passes from the Shenandoah valley to the Virginia valleys, and twice reconnoitred as far as Upperville, Va. …
Towards the 1st of April, 1863, it was stationed at Berryville with the brigade to which it was attached from that time till June, engaged in the attempt to prevent the calvary raids of the rebels Jones, Imboden, and Mosby, who frequently attempted raids into Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Visit to Winchester

This weekend, in honor of the 148th annioversary of the capture of t

Getting Started

I’ve managed to get most of my timeline and a little other information onto the site. Now I’m working on getting links and photos in.  Since I’ve started working on this I’ve received the courts-martial records for the trial of John S. Stauton, the Colonel of the 67th, and found some other interesting stuff including some 67th-related items for sale on Ebay. There’s no telling how much information is out there. I have a feeling that it’s more than I ever imagined when I started looking into my g-g-grandfather’s service in the Civil War.

Oh, by the way…Please Contribute!

Harry