Letter from “K”, from Camp Wilkins, July 8, 1861

July 8, 1861,1

Another regiment was organized here on Tuesday out of the remaining companies in camp. It is called the 11th Regiment, P.R.C. The following are the companies composing it: Cambria Guards, Ebensburg, Capt. Litzinger; Independent Blues, Armstrong, Capt. Jackson; Indiana National Guard, Indiana, Capt. Porter; Dickson Guards, Butler, Capt. Louden; Washington Blues, Westmoreland, Capt. Spires; Brady Guards, Jefferson, Capt. Brady; Union Volunteers, Fayette, Capt. Beirer; Westmoreland Blues, Westmoreland, Capt. Kistler; Washington Blues, Blairsville, Capt. Nesbit; Conoquenessing Rangers, Butler,Capt. Stewart.

The election for field officers resulted as follows: Colonel, Thomas F. Gallagher, Westmoreland; Lieut. Colonel, J.R. Porter, Indiana; Major, S.M. Jackson, Armstrong. Lieut. P.A. Johns, Fayette, is appointed Adjutant.

The Cambria Guards are designated as Co. A, the post of honor in the regiment. That they will prove themselves worthy of the trust reposed in them is, I think, altogether certain.

A large delegation of friends from home visited us on the 4th. It is estimated that, including soldiers, there were seven thousand persons in camp that day. The occasion will be long remembered.


  1. Ebensburg Alleghanian, July 18, 1861
  2. Letter from an individual in the Cambria Guards, Co. A, 11th Pa. Reserves