Ninth RegimentRegimental History
The Ninth Regiment Infantry, National Guard of Pennsylvania,
which was composed of eight companies from Luzerne county, reported at Mt. Gretna, Pa., at. six o'clock on the morning of April 28th,
1898, in accordance with the orders of the Governor of Pennsylvania,
and for the purpose of volunteering in the service of the United
In pursuance of General Orders No .9, Adjutant General's Office, series 1898, the
regiment was paraded May 4th, 1898, the roll was called, and officers
and men of the command signified their intention as to volunteering
in the service of the United States. The strength of the regiment
at this time was thirty-seven officers and four hundred and eighty-one
enlisted men, of whom thirty-four officers and four hundred and
seventeen enlisted men volunteered. Two officers and sixty-one enlisted men were subsequently rejected on account of physical disability. The regiment was mustered into the United States service
on May 11, 1898, with a total strength of thirty-six officers and six
hundred and four enlisted men, which included recruits. In compliance with orders from the War Department, dated May 13, 1898,
the regiment left Mt. Gretna, Pa., on the afternoon of May 17, 1898,
and proceeded to Camp George H. Thomas, Chickamauga Park,
Georgia, arriving there May 20, 1898; bivouacked at Lytle Hill, near
Battlefield Station, and on reporting to Major General Brooke, was
assigned to the Third Brigade, Third Division, First Army Corps.
On May 22, 1898, Colonel Dougherty was assigned to the command of the Brigade and remained in command until July 4, 1898.
Under the second call of the President for 75,000 men, dated May
25th, 1898, the several companies of the Ninth regiment were recruited to a maximum strength of one hundred and six men. Four
additional companies were also added to the regiment, making the
total strength one thousand three hundred and twenty-three officers
and men. The four additional companies were recruited at the following points :
Company G, Captain Henry D. Green, at Reading, Berks county.
Company K, Captain Henry Adams, at South Bethlehem, Northampton county.
Company L, Captain Robert S. Mercur, at Summit Hill, Carbon
Captain Robert S. Mercur was a Battalion Adjutant of the Ninth
Pennsylvania Volunteers when he was commissioned captain.
On August 5th, 1898, the regimental camp was changed from the
original location to the "Smith- White" field. August 20th, the
Third Division, First Army Corps,was ordered to Lexington, Kentucky. On August 25th, the sick in the regimental hospital were
transferred to a hospital train going north; those too ill to be removed were transferred to the Third Division Hospital. A special
hospital train under the individual charge of Governor Hastings or
Pennsylvania, arrived at Chickamauga Park August 27th, and the
sick of the Pennsylvania regiments who were in condition to travel
were transferred to this train, which proceeded to Lexington, Ky.,
arriving August 28th. The remaining sick of the regiment were
placed on this train and removed to their homes.
The regiment left Chickamauga Park at 5:30 P. M., August 25th,
and arrived at Camp Hamilton about five miles from Lexington, Ky.,
on August 27th, at 5 :30 P. M.
September 8th, the regiment was ordered to be mustered out. On
Sunday, September 18th, the regiment left Camp Hamilton, for Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where it arrived Monday evening, September 19, 1898,
and was given an enthusiastic welcome, and a supper was provided in
the Ninth Regiment Armory, after which the several companies located outside of Wilkes-Barre, proceeded to their home stations by
Pursuant to orders directing the muster out of the regiment, officers were granted leave or absence and enlisted men were furloughed
for thirty days. Thursday, September 27th, the regiment participated in the Peace Jubilee celebration in Philadelphia. The Ninth
Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, was mustered out of
the service October 29, 1898.
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