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Sixth Regiment Soldiers & History

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The Sixth Regiment Infantry, National Guard of Pennsylvania, reported at Mt. Gretna Pa., on the 28th day of April, 1898. The regiment was mustered into the volunteer service of the United States on the 12th day of May, 1898, and was, on May 13 ordered by the Secretary of War to proceed to Camp Alger, Virginia, where it arrived the following morning, with 50 officers and 828 enlisted men. Colonel Perry M. Washabaugh, who commanded the regiment in the National Guard service, lulled to pass the physical examination for entrance in the United States service, and Brigadier General John W. Schall, of the First Brigade, National Guard of Pennsylvania, was,appointed and commissioned Colonel of the Regiment by Governor Bastings and was mustered into the United States service May 13. The Sixth Regiment Infantry, as a National Guard organization, was an eight-company regiment, but at the time of its entrance into the service of the United States it was augmented by the addition of the State Fencibles Battalion of four companies, making the Sixth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry the only twelve company regiment originally mustered into the United States service from Pennsylvania. May 28th, 1898, Colonel Schill was assigned to the command of the Second Brigade, Second Division, Second Army Corps, composed of the Sixth Pennsylvania, Fourth Missouri, and Ninth Ohio; a few days later the Seventh Illinois was detached and the Ninth Ohio added. While in command of the Second Brigade, Colonel Schall was on July 6th directed by Major General George B. Davis, commanding the Second Division, Second Arrmy Corps, to exercise command of the Sixth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, in addition to the command of the Brigade and Colonel Schall acted in this dual capacity until the appointment and commission of Lieutenant Colonel Elliot by Governor Bastings, on July 27th, 1898, to succeed Lieutennant Colonel Shenton, who resigned and was mustered out of the service July 10, 1898.

By direction of the Secretary of War, the several companies of the Sixth Regiment were recruited to a total of 108, so that on the 8th of July, 1898, the total strength of the regiment was 1,329. On August 2d, 1898, orders for movement of the Second Division, Second Army Corps, were received, and on the morning of the 3d the regiment marched from Camp Alger to Burke's Station, Virginia, twelve miles distant, where they encamped for the night, resuming the march August 5th, to Bul1 Run, twelve miles distant, where they encamped, with one flank enclosed by a well, reserved earthwork of that historic battlefield. The march was resumed Sunday morning, the 7th, crossing Bull Run, camping at Bristow Station, Virginia, twelve miles distant. Owing to heavy rainfall, causing Broad Run to overflow its banks alid washing away a hastily constructed bridge, the regiment was opened to ford the stream on the morning of the 9th, when the march was resumed. Passing through Gainesville and Haymarket, the regiment camped one mile west of Thoroughfare Station, and within one mile of the histortc Thoroughfare (tap) after a sixteen mile march. The entire regiment went on duty as provost guard, from which duty they were relieved several days later and resumed the usual camp routine.

On the 24th day of Auugust, 1898, the regiment moved under orders to Camp George G. Meade, atMiddletown, Pa. The regiment arrived in camp on the morning of the 25th Sunday, September 4th, all papers having been prepared for muster out at Mt. Gretna, Pa., in accordance with orders received August 27th, boxes were made; and fiJled with arms and equipment, turned over to and inspected by Lieutenant Colonel W. P. Duvall, Chief Mustering Officer, Second Army Corps. The regiment was paid off on September 7th, and canvas and mess outfit turned in. The regiment proceeded to homt rendezvous that evening, each officer and en1isted man being furnished an official leave of absence or furlough until the 7th of October, 1898. The regiment was mustered out October 17th, 1898.

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

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