The Wyoming Bank Infantry

The Wyoming Bank Infantry were from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.  The company was organized in Wilkes-Barre throughout the month of May 1861 by Elisha B. Harvey. After its organization was complete, an election was held which bore the following results:

  • Elisha B. Harvey, of Wilkes-Barre, elected Captain.
  • LeGrand B. Speece, of Wilkes-Barre, elected First Lieutenant.
  • Charles W. Garrettson, of Wilkes-Barre, elected Second Lieutenant.

The company was order to Camp Wayne, a Camp of Instruction in Chester County in southeastern part of Pennsylvania.  They departed Wilkes-Barre and arrived in West Chester the same day, on June 13.  Upon arriving at Camp, they numbered 74 officers and men, and were soon medically inspected by Dr. Alfred W. Green on the 15th.  On June 17, the company was formally mustered into service of the state by Lt. Elbidge McConkey, the mustering officer of the camp.

The company was absorbed into a regiment that organized at Camp Wayne on June 27, which became the 7th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps.  The Wyoming Bank Infantry were assigned “Company F,” and would continue to serve throughout the war in this regiment.  By the end of the war, the muster roll of this company would number 115 officers and men.

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Origins of the Wyoming Bank Infantry

In the wake of the aftermath of Fort Sumter’s surrender, news of its capitulation swept the country like a firestorm.  Of the many cities, towns and hamlets north and south of the Mason Dixon Line, places like Wilkes-Barre and nearby Scranton in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania were not immune to the excitement carried forth on the heightened wave of patriotism which stirred incommunicable feelings in every heart.

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