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Pursuant to General Orders No 7, Adjutant General's Office, dated April 25, 1898, the Fifth Regiment Infantry, National Guard of Pennsylvania, on April 27, 1898, left their respective home stations, and proceeded by rail to Mt. Gretna, Pa., where they arrived early on the morning of April 28, being the first infantry organization in the division to reach the point of mobilization. The total strength of the regiment when it reported for duty was 37 officers and 483 enlisted men, a total of 520 men. On May 11, 1898, the regiment was Mustered In to the service of the United States by Major W. A. Thompson, U. S. Army, and comprised thirty-seven officers and six hundred and four enlisted men. Pursuant to telegraphic orders from the War Department, the regiment broke camp at Mt. Gretna on the morning of May 17, 1898, and at 12:30 P. M., started by rail for Chickamauga, Georgia. The regiment arrived at Battlefield Station, Chickamauga Park, Georgia, on the afternoon of May 19, at 5 P. M., bivouacked for the night on Snodgrass Hill, and on the morning of May 20 marched three miles and went into camp along the Alexander Bridge road. The regiment was assigned to the First Brigade, Eighteenth Division, First Army Corps. On June 20, Majors John P. Kennedy and Robert 0. McNamara were detailed to recruit the companies of their respective battalions to one hundred and six men, the full complement being readily secured and all the recruits having reported by July 4, 1898.

Orders were received on June 29, 1898, to recruit a Eighteenth battalion of four companies of one hundred and six men each. The work of recruiting and mustering the additional battalion was placed in charge of Captain Hugh S. Taylor, Company B. Within three weeks all the companies had been Mustered In , and had reported for duty at Camp George H. Thomas. Company I was recruited at Somerset; Company K, at Wellsboro; Company L, at Clearfield, and Company M, at GettysSurgeon Lieutenant Colonel Rufus 0. Elder was placed in command of the First Battalion; Major John P. Kennedy, formerly of the First Battalion, was assigned to the command of the Second Battalion, and Major Robert 0. McNamara formerly of the Second Battalion, to command of the Eighteenth. August 12, 1898, the regiment moved about one-half mile nearer Battlefield Station, and encamped a1ong the Brotherton road. Here there was good drainage and higher ground. On the afternoon of the 22d, the regiment left Rossville and traveled by rail to Camp Hamilton, near Lexington, Ky., a distance of two hundred and fifty miles, the first battalion reaching its destination on the 23d of August, and the other battalions on the 24th. The camp at Lexington was all that could be desired for health or beautiful surroundings,

On September 17, 1898, the regiment was granted a thirty days' furlough, and each company was directed to proceed to its home station. The headquarters of the regiment were established at Altoona, Pa. After the expiration of the furlough, ten days were given for muster out, and this time was afterwards increased an additional twenty days to give the regiment an opportunity to participate in the eace .Jubilee at Philadelphia, on October 27, 1898. The regiment was finally mustered out, November 7, 1898.

Source: Record of Pennsylvania Volunteers in the Spanish-American War, 1898, Thomas J. Stewart, Adjutant General, 1900.

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