The Pennsylvania Reserves in the Brown Water Navy

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In early 1862, soldiers of McCall’s Division of Pennsylvania Reserves were offered the opportunity to leave life in the Infantry, and volunteer to serve onboard a newly commissioned gunboat, known as the USS Carondelet. An article published in Chambersburg, Franklin County, PA in 1862 featured the following: “Pennsylvania Reserves Out West: Reports that the Union gun-boat the Carondelet, which ran the blockade at Island No. 10, is manned entirely by volunteers from the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps, McCall’s division.  They are a fine body of men, and nobly are they sustaining the reputation of Pennsylvania.”1 Those who took advantage of the opportunity were as follows:

Volunteers from the First Regiment, P.R.V.C. were:

  • Private Daniel C. Fraelick, Company E
  • Corporal John Hardy, Company F
  • Private John W. Jones, Company F

Volunteers from the Second Regiment, P.R.V.C. were:

  • Private William H. Garrison, Company K

Volunteers from the Third Regiment, P.R.V.C. were:

  • Private T. J. Moorehead, Company I
  • Private Joseph Kreer, Company G
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Volunteers from the Fourth Regiment, P.R.V.C. were:

  • Corporal Dennis McCready, Company D
  • Private Henry Fink, Company E
  • Private Elias Compton, Company F
  • Private William Bailey, Company G
  • Private Morris Stow, Company I

Volunteers from the Fifth Regiment, P.R.V.C. were:

  • Private Oliver St. George, Company C
  • Private Michael Flanigan, Company H
  • Private John Sullivan, Company H
  • Private Francis Kilburn, Company K

Volunteers from the Sixth Regiment, P.R.V.C. were:

  • Private Samuel Long, Company B
  • Private Michael Famming, Company C
  • Private Francis Mushon, Company G
  • Private P. H. Blanchard, Company H
  • Private Samuel B. Shaw, Company I

Volunteers from the Seventh Regiment, P.R.V.C. were:

  • Private Amos T. Bisel, Company D
  • Private Andrew Brown Jr., Company D
  • Private Matthias Red, Company D
  • Private William C. Stoner, Company F
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Volunteers from the Eighth Regiment, P.R.V.C. were:

  • Private Bertram Cox, Company B
  • Private Simpson Walker, Company B
  • Private Benjamin A. Hoffman, Company D
  • Private Simeon B. Wigle, Company D

Volunteers from the Ninth Regiment, P.R.V.C. were:

  • Private Richard Bunn, Company E
  • Private Lester Dunner, Company H
  • Private Robert Fairman, Company H
  • Private George Upton, Company I

Volunteers from the Tenth Regiment, P.R.V.C. were:

  • Private J. W. Waterhouse, Company D
  • Private John A. Andrews, Company G

Volunteers from the Eleventh Regiment, P.R.V.C. were:

  • Private John J. Story, Company A
  • Private William Jones, Company H
  • Private James Kuhn, Company I

Volunteers from the Twelfth Regiment, P.R.V.C. were:

  • Private Benjamin Yarnall, Company A
  • Private Washington Yates, Company A
  • Private Josiah Kirkendall, Company E
  • Private John Worman, Company E
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  1. The Valley Spirit, Franklin County, Chambersburg, Dated April 15, 1862