The Pollock Guards

This Company was composed of men from both Northumberland and Lycoming county, but credited mostly to Northumberland.    Organized at the bequest of the people of Milton following a war meeting held on April 19, it’s formation was overseen by former Pennsylvania Governor James Pollock.  With a roll book of over 150 names, the services of this company was tendered for service to Gov. Curtin for service under Lincoln’s first call for troops.  The state of Pennsylvania accepted this company for service, but was required to reduce its roll to only seventy-seven officers and men.  Another company was formed in Milton with the excess number of volunteers.  

Due to the overwhelming number of troops that had already been quartered at various camps of instruction throughout the commonwealth, the services of this company, named the “Pollock Guards” in honor of ex-Governor James Pollock, was not mustered under the call for 3-month troops.  The company disbanded, and reformed again, and new officers elected:

  • John H. McCleery of Milton, Northumberland County, elected Captain.
  • Samuel Shadman, of Northumberland County, elected First Lieutenant.
  • Thaddeus G. Bogle, of Northumberland County, elected Second Lieutenant.

The company was accepted under the Act authroizing the Reserve Volunteer Corps of the Commonwealth, and ordered to Camp Curtin, a Camp of Instruction at Harrisburg, where it reported on June 1, 1861.  They were medically inspected on June 7, and directly afterwards mustered into service of the State of Pennsylvania as Company H of the 5th Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserves.

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A Brief History of the Organization known as the Pollock Guards

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