Walter W. Greenland



History

The 125th Pennsylvania Infantry was a volunteer company recruited in Blair, Cambria and Huntingdon Counties. The 125th served a 9-month term from August 1862 to May 1863. The Regiment was attached to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac and fought at the Battle of Antietam. 

At Antietam the 1st Division charged through the East Woods, along the Great Cornfield, down Smoketown Road, past the Dunker Church, and into the West Woods. The Division repulsed four Confederate counterattacks at a price of 229 casualties within 20 minutes. A fifth, heavily-reinforced Confederate counterattack forced a retreat with a desperate struggle to retain the Regimental colors. Sargent Walter W. Greenland recovered the colors and delivered them to his Captain. The 125th lost 54 (killed) had 91 seriously wounded and 84 slightly wounded (See Sept. 18th, 1862 letter).


Letters


There are a total of 32 letters, written from August 1862 to May 1863, covering the 9-month term enlistment of the 125th Pennsylvania Infantry. 

The original letters were scanned and then the image was enhanced with Photoshop to increase the contrast, in an effort to make the letters more readable.  Letters were numbered by date and the different sides were noted with a -1, -2, etc. The “E” in the image name represents "enhanced image."


Links


Company C 125th Pennsylvania Infantry

http://www.findagrave.com

Obituary (You have to click on the PDF to see it)

Camp Curtin

Civil War Defenses of Washington

Fort Richardson - Defenses of Washington 

Antietam

Antietam - 125th Pennsylvania

Harpers Ferry

Aquia Landing

Aquia Landing - 2

Battle of Fredericksburg


Catalog of Civil War Letters


Location Date
Camp Curtin 08-09-1862
Camp Curtin 08-09-1862
Camp Curtin 08-12-1862
Camp Curtin 08-14-1862
Camp Wells (D.C.) 08-21-1862
Fort Richardson 08-27-1862
Fort Bernard 08-29-1862
Battle of Antietam 09-18-1862
Camp Sany Hook (HF) 09-22-1862
Camp Sany Hook (HF) 09-29-1862
Camp Harpers Ferry 10-05-1862
Camp Harpers Ferry 10-05-1862
Camp Harpers Ferry 10-11-1862
Camp Harpers Ferry 10-23-1862
In Camp Lowden Heights 11-03-1862
Adj. Quarters Lowden 11-11-1862
In Camp Lowden Valley 11-17-1862
In Camp Lowden Valley (no date)
In Camp Lowden Valley 12-05-1862
On the March near Alex., VA 12-15-1862
Unknown 12-18-1862
Enclosed Copy of Orders 12-23-1862
Camp Greenland near HQ 12-25-1862
Camp in the Pines 01-06-1863
Camp in the Pines 01-10-1863
Dumfries Landing 01-20-1863
Stafford Court House 02-01-1863
Stafford Court House 02-07-1863
Camp near Stafford C.H. 02-14-1863
Camp near Stafford C.H. 02-28-1863
Camp near Stafford C.H. 03-13-1863
Camp near Aquia Landing 04-08-1863
Entrenchments near Fred. 05-05-1863


History of the 125th


The 125th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment lost 2 officers and 48 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 39 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. More information can be found at this link:

125th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment




About the Author
My name is Walter S. Via, I am the great, great, great grandson of Walter W. Greenland.

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