Company D
63rd Pennsylvania Infantry

"The Pittsburgh Fire Zouaves"

Recruited in Allegheny County

 

Company D was recruited at the General Recruiting Headquarters, Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa., August 3, 1861.

Harry O. Ormsbee, B. F. Dunham, and James M'Anninch, having recruited its several sections, consolidated their respective interests, selecting Harry Ormsbee, Captain, due to his superior qualifications as a drillmaster; B. F. Dunham, First Lieutenant, and James M'Anninch, Second Lieutenant. J. Henry Miller was selected as First Sergeant.

The history of Company D is the history of the regiment, but some conspicuous instances of courage among even the bravest are worthy of note.

William Thompson, Third Sergeant, promoted to First Sergeant, commanded the company during the Seven Days' Battle, and was promoted to Captaincy by Colonel Alexander Hays, to date from June 26, 1862, for conspicuous bravery in the seven days' fight.

The number of casualties among the commissioned officers of the line often left non-commissioned officers in command at critical periods.

First Sergeant Davis Glass commanded the company through all its battles, from the Wilderness, May 5, 1864, until its discharge, August 1, 1864, in front of Petersburg.

RECAPITULATION

Killed or died of wounds 19
Died of disease 4
Murdered 1
Discharged 39
Deserted 12
Resigned 2
Dismissed 1
Transferred to other regiments 29
Mustered out 36
Total 143
Wounded in action  40

HENRY O. ORMSBEE, Captain Mustered in August 26, 1861. Resigned March 13, 1862. Died since the war.

BENJAMIN F. DUNHAM, First Lieutenant Mustered in August 26, 1861. Promoted to Captain May 13, 1862. Discharged July 26, 1862. Died since the war.

WILLIAM McGRANAHAN Mustered in August 1, 1861. Promoted to Sergeant Major, May 12, 1862. Wounded at Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863. Died June 2, 1863, of wounds.

JAMES C. McININCH, Second Lieutenant Mustered in August 1, 1861. Resigned March 17, 1862. Died since the war.

J. HENRY MILLER, First Sergeant Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, January 5, 1863. Died since the war.

G. EMANUEL GROSS, Second Sergeant Mustered in August 1, 1861. Promoted from Sergeant to Second Lieutenant, March 15, 1862; to First Lieutenant, July 26, 1862; to Captain, July 1, 1863. Mustered out with company. Died since the war.

SAMUEL P. GAMBLE, Third Sergeant Mustered in August 1, 1861. Promoted to First Lieutenant, May 6, 1863. Taken prisoner July 25, 1863, and sent to Libby Prison. Escaped with ninety eight other officers, but was re-captured. Escaped in May, 1864, and reached Sherman's army, where he remained from July, 1864, until April, 1865. Wounded at Pair Oaks, Va., May 31, 186L2, and at Peach Tree Creek, Ga., August, 1863. Discharged April 26, 1865. Died at Pittsburgh, Pa., December 31, 1904.

WILLIAM J. THOMPSON, Fourth Sergeant Mustered in August 1, 1861. Promoted from Sergeant to Captain, July 26, 1862. Killed at Chancellorsville, Va., May. 3, 1863.

WILLIAM J. ROBINSON, Fifth Sergeant. Mustered in August 1, 1861. Wounded at Second Bull Run, August 29, 1862. Discharged on account of wound December 24, 1862. Murdered at McKees Rocks, Pa., May 22, 1901. Buried in soldiers plot, Allegheny cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pa.

JOHN M. McINTYRE, First Corporal Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Deserted October 20, 1862.

ELIJAH HALL, Corporal Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged by order of Secretary of War, November 8, 1862. Died since the war.

WILLIAM F. JONES, Corporal Mustered in August 1, 1861. Deserted April 30, 1863.

JOHN M. KIRKPATRICK, Corporal Mustered in August 1, 1861. Mustered out with company. Died since the war.

THOMAS CAHOON, Corporal Mustered in August 1, 1861. Promoted to Sergeant, March 15, 1862; to Second Lieutenant, July 5, 1863; to First Lieutenant, January 3, 1/864; to Captain, April 23, 1864. Mustered out with company. Scalped by Indians in 1868, while conductor on Union Pacific railroad, but survived. Committed suicide February 7, 1894, at Ogden, Utah. Buried Allegheny, Pa.

WILLIAM W. PETERS, Corporal Mustered in August 1, 1861. Promoted to Sergeant, November 8, 1862. Prisoner from May 12 to December 13, 1864. Discharged February 16, 1865. Died at Pittsburgh, Pa., July 21, 1902.

WILLIAM C. CAMPBELL, Corporal Mustered in August 1, 1861. Mustered out with company.

GEORGE W. HALL, Corporal Mustered in August 1, 1861. Deserted; returned; discharged by sentence of General Court Martial, February 1, 1865.

FRANK (FRED) V. BEISEL, Musician^ Mustered in August 1, 1861. Transferred from Company C. Mustered out with company. Died June 20, 1900, at Beaver Falls, Pa. Buried Beaver, Pa., cemetery.

PRIVATES.

THOMAS W. BAKER Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, December 13, 1861. Died at Pittsburgh, Pa., March 25, 1907.

ARTHUR BALLOU Mustered in August 1, 1861. Promoted to Corporal, June 30, 1863. Mustered out with company. Died since the war.

RUDOLPH Z. BENZER Mustered in August 1, 1861. Promoted to Corporal, April 5, 1864. Wounded at Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864; wounded twice at Charles City Cross Roads, June 29, 1862. Mustered out with company.

ALBERT BOLEY--Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Promoted to Corporal.  Mustered out with company.

FRANK BRAWLEY--Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Mustered out with company.  Died since the war.

WILLIAM BRAWDY---Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Died June 12, 1863, of wounds received at Chancellorsville, May 3, 1863.  Buried Military Asylum cemetery, Washington, D. C. Grave 1520.

WILLIAM BIDWELL---Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Deserted February 29, 1862.

JOHN W. BILMIRE--Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Deserted July 14, 1863.

JAMES CASEY--Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Killed at Fair Oaks.  May 31, 1862.

TERRANCE CASEY--Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Mustered out with company.

JAMES CAIN--Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps.

BRYON COWAN--Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Veteran Volunteer. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.  Died since the war.

JAMES COLLINS--Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Wounded. Absent wounded at muster out.

JOHN CRAIG--Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Killed at Wilderness, May 5, 1864.

CHARLES C. CREGHAN--Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Mustered out with company.  Died at National  Military Home, Ohio, October 17, 1900, and buried there.

BENJAMIN CRAVEN--Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps.  Died since the war.

ALEXANDER J. CLARK--Mustered in August 1, 1861.  wounded at Charles City Cross Roads, Va., June 29, 1862.  Discharged December 19, 1862, on account of wounds.

WILLIAM CARRICK--Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Prisoner in Andersonville, Ga., from October 24, 1863, to November 26, 1864.  Discharged January 26, 1865.  Died at Homeville, Pa., November 15, 1902.  Buried there.

EDWARD DAVIS--Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Promoted to Corporal, January 5, 1863; to Sergeant, April 25, 1864.  Mustered out with company.  Died since the war.

McEWAN DORAN--Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Captured October 24, 1863.  Died in Andersonville Prison, May 11, 1864.  Grave 1020.

RICHARD DUMPHY--Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Discharged July 4, 1863, on account of wounds received December 13, 1862, at Fredericksburg.  Died since the war.

JAMES FOWLER--Mustered in August 1, 1861.  Murdered in Washington, d. C., December 10, 1862.

JOHN FAGAN Mustered in August 1, 1861. Promoted to Corporal, April 25, 1864. Wounded at Nelson'sFarm, Va., June 30, 1862, and at Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864. Mustered out with company.

JAMES GIBSON Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate. Died since the war.

ALVA GILSON Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, August 2, 1862. Died since the war.

JOHN C. GREEN Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged February 14, 1863, for wounds received at Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862. Died since the war.

DAVIS GLASS Mustered in August 1, 1861. Promoted to Corporal, March 15, 1862; to First Sergeant, July 5, 1863. Wounded at Second Bull Run, August 29, 1862. Commanded his company for six months before expiration of term of service. Mustered out with company.

THOMAS GLASS Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged February 26, 1863, for wounds received at Second Bull Run, August 29, 1862. Veteran Volunteer. Re-enlisted and transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Wounded and captured at Poplar Grove Church, Va., October 2, 1864. Died since the war.

GEORGE W. GRAY Mustered in August 1, 1861. Mustered out with company.

JOHN C. GRAY Mustered in August 1, 1861. Died May 21, 1863, of wounds received at Chancellorsville, May 3, 1863. Buried Military Asylum cemetery, Washington, D. C. Grave 4355.

GEORGE HALL Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged October 11, 1862, for wounds received at Fair Oaks, Va., May 31, 1862. Died since the war.

WILLIAM H. HAMILTON Mustered in August 1, 1861. Promoted to Corporal. Wounded at Mine Run, Va., November 28, 1863. Color bearer May 28, 1864, to August 3, 1864. Wounded slightly five times. Mustered out with company. Died February 21, 1903, at Allegheny, Pa.

JONAS M. HARTZELL Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on writ habeas corpus, March 19, 1863.

SAMUEL HAWTHORNE Mustered in August 1, 1861. Wounded March, 1862. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, March 9, 1862. Died at National Military Home, Ohio, February 14, 1907.

JOHN HARVEY Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged December 24, 1862, for wounds received at Orchards, Va., June 25, 1862.

GEORGE HARVEY Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged December, 1863, for wounds received at Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863. Died since the war.

MARTIN HOLLAND Mustered in August 1, 1861. Wounded in action. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, October 10, 1862. Died since the war.

WILLIAM J. KENNEDY Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged by order of War Department, December 25, 1863. Died since the war.

CHARLES INGRAM Mustered in August 1, 1861. Mustered out with company. Died since the war.

MICHAEL KENNEDY Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, January 13, 1863. Died since the war.

WILLIAM H. REISER Mustered in August 1, 1861. Died of disease near Yorktown, Va., May 3, 1862.

GEORGE KILPATR1CK Mustered in August 1, 1861. Mustered out with company. Died since the war.

JACOB LONEBAUGH Mustered in August 1, 1861. Veteran Volunteer. Transferred to One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died at Harmarsville, Pa., since the war.

PHILIP LATHERBAUGH Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged date unknown. Died since the war.

ROBERT McADAMS, JR. Mustered in August 1, 1861. Mustered out with company.

ROBERT McADAMS, SR. Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, October 10, 1862. Re-enlisted February 1, 1864. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died at Pittsburgh, Pa., December 25, 1873. Father of James and Robert McAdams, Jr., and brother of William McAdams, of same company. Buried Uniondale cemetery, Allegheny, Pa.

JAMES McADAMS Mustered in August 1, 1861. Died December 31, 1862, of wounds received at Second Bull Run, Va., August 29, 1862. Buried Uniondale cemetery, Allegheny, Pa.

WILLIAM McADAMS Mustered in August 1, 1861. Promoted to Corporal, June 30, 1863. Wounded at Fair Oaks, Va., May 31, 1862, and at Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864. Absent on account of wounds at muster out. Died at Pittsburgh, Pa., April, 1900. Buried Uniondale cemetery, Allegheny, Pa.

THOMAS McBRIDE Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, March 27, 1862. Died since the war.

ALEX. McCONKEY Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, April 4, 1862. Re-enlisted February 1, 1864. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Wounded with loss of leg May 19, 1865. Died since the war.

EDWARD McCAFFREY Mustered in August 1, 1861. Wounded at Spottsylvania, May 12, 1864. Veteran Volunteer. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.

JAMES A. McCAFFERY Mustered in August 1, 1861. Promoted to Corporal, November 1, 1863. Mustered out with company. Died since the war.

DAVID McCREERY Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, April 28, 1863. Died since the war.

JOHN C. McDOWELL Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, May 22, 1862. Died since the war.

JAMES McGEARY Mustered in August 1, 1861. Wounded in action. Mustered out with company. Died since the war.

ROBERT D. McKEE Mustered in August 1, 1861. Mustered out with company.

JAMES McCLAIN Mustered in August 1, 1861. Killed at Second Bull Run, Va., August 29, 1862.

ELISHA A McANNINCH Mustered in Ajugust 1, 1861. Mustered out with company.

FRANK MONTAGUE Mustered in August 1, 1861. Mustered out with company. Died since the war.

JOHN MOORE Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, April 8, 1863. Died since the war.

ALLEN H. NAYLOR Mustered in August 1, 1861. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Promoted to Sergeant. Wounded in action. Died March 31, 1865. Buried National cemetery, Annapolis, Md.

MARTIN V. NAYLOR Mustered in August 1, 1861. Died of wounds received at Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863.

ROBERT NEELY Mustered in August 1, 1861. Transferred to regimental band.

JOHN J. NIEFER Mustered in August 1, 1861. Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps. Died since the war.

JAMES OLDHAM Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, March 18, 1863. Died since the war.

JOHN PARE Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, January 19, 1863. Died since the war.

ALEX. L. PARK Mustered in August 1, 1861. Died at Philadephia, Pa., August 29, 1862, of wounds received at Nelson's Farm, Va., June 30, 1862.

DAVID RANDALL Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, December 31, 1862. Died since the war.

SAMUEL J. RENO Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, October 30, 1862. Died since the war.

AARON ROBBINS, SR. Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, April 3, 1862. Died since the war.

AARON ROBBINS, JR. Mustered in August 1, 1861. Prisoner from October 24, 1863, to November 20, 1864. Discharged January 26, 1865. Killed by train at Hites, Pa., July 23, 1902. Buried at Tarentum, Pa.

JOSEPH ROBBINS Mustered in August 1, 1861. Mustered out with company. Died since the war.

WILLIAM SHIELDS Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, April 4, 1862. Died since the war.

JAMES C. TRIMBLE Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, January 3, 1863. Died since the war.

WILLIAM TATE Mustered in August 1, 1861. Killed at Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863.

JOHN B. TIMONY Mustered in August 1, 1861. Mustered out with company. Died September 1, 1901, at Salt Lake City, Utah.

JAMES TODD Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, January 7, 1862. Died since the war.

FRANK I. TOMER Mustered in August 1, 1861. Mustered out with company. Died since the war.

EDWARD TURNER Mustered in August 1, 1861. Deserted January 28, 1863.

STEPHEN M. VAUGHN Mustered in August 1, 1861. Died at Camp Johnston, Va., of wounds.

HENRY VANNATTA Mustered in August 1, 1861. Deserted November 29, 1861.

WILLIAM WATSON Mustered in August 1, 1861. Mustered out with company. Died since the war.

JOSEPH WHEELING Mustered in August 1, 1861. Wounded in action. Mustered out with company.

SOLOMON KLINE Mustered in August 1, 1861. Promoted from Sergeant Major to First Lieutenant, May 15, 1862. Dismissed July 26, 1862. Died since the war.

JOSEPH WICKLINE Mustered in July 11, 1862. Promoted to Corporal, December 24, 1862; to Sergeant, November 1, 1863. Wounded at Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864, with loss of leg. Absent wounded at muster out.

JOSEPH ASKINS Mustered in July 30, 1862. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, October 5, 1862. Died since the war.

JAMES BABCOCK Drafted September 7, 1863. Killed at Wilderness, May 5, 1864.

LYMAN L. BROWN Drafted September 4, 1863. Killed at Wilderness, May 5, 1864.

WILLIAM BEARDSLEY Mustered in August 1, 1861. Transferred to regimental band.

HENRY CORNWALL Drafted September 3, 1S63. Wounded absent at muster out. Died since the war.

JOHN CAMPBELL Drafted July 18, 1863. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Wounded. Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps. Died since the war.

GEORGE A. COOK Mustered in August 1, 1861. Veteran Volunteer. Transferred to Company D, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment.

ROBERT FLEMING Mustered in December 2, 1862. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

ROBERT FOWLER Mustered in August 1, 1861. Discharged for disability, 1861.

CHARLES C. GARDNER Drafted July 3, 1863. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Wounded at Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864. Died since the war.

JOHN HUGHES Mustered in August 8, 1862. Wounded. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

FRANCIS M. HALL Drafted September 7, 1863. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

DAVID HOLMES Mustered in November 22, 1862. Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps. Died since the war.

EDMUND HILL Drafted September 3, 1863. Deserted May 3, 1864 Returned. Discharged by General Order, August 25, 1865.

CHRIST HILLER Drafted July 10, 1863. Deserted May 3, 1864.

ROBERT JOHNSTON Drafted July 14, 1863. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Captured October 27, 1864. Died since the war.

PHILIP LEE Mustered in June 7, 1862. Discharged November 6, 1862. Died since the war.

FRANK LEON Mustered in August 1, 1861. Deserted November 10, 1861.

GEORGE MONTGOMERY Mustered in February 6, 1864. Wounded. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

WILLIAM METZ Mustered in August 4, 1862. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

JOHN MARSH Drafted September 7, 1863. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Killed. Buried in National cemetery, Poplar Grove, Va. Grave 678.

GEORGE MORRISON Drafted September 7, 1863. Wounded at the Wilderness, May 5, 1864. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.

JAMES MOORE Mustered in ________. Killed at the Wilderness, May 5, 1864.

MANSFIELD B. MASON Mustered in January 18, 1864. Killed at the Wilderness, May 5, 1864.

GEORGE METZ Drafted July 10, 1863. Prisoner from June 1, 1864, to March 1, 1865. Discharged by general order, June 22, 1865. Died since the war.

JOHN McGRAW Mustered in July 29, 1862.. Wounded in action. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

ROGER McCAIN Drafted February 16, 1864. Deserted same month.

FRANK NICHOL Mustered in September 23, 1863. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

ALBERT PAESSKIE Drafted September 4, 1863. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

JAMES D. PROSSER Drafted September 4, 1863. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Captured and died at Andersonville Prison, Ga. Grave 5323.

MICHAEL PURCELL Mustered in July 7, 1862. Killed at Second Bull Run, August 29, 1862.

NICHOLAS ROBBINS Mustered in September 11, 1862. Captured May 9, 1864. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

ISAAC RETTINGER Drafted July 18, 1863. Wounded in action. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.

JOHN ROSENBERGER Drafted July 18, 1863. Died at Catlett's Station, Va., November 5, 1863.

JOHN RETTINGER Drafted July 18, 1863. Died since the war.

CHARLES F. RAYMOND Drafted September 3, 1863. Deserted October 4, 1863.

JAMES B. SOWERS Mustered in August 29, 1861. Veteran Volunteer. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

MATTHEW SMITH Drafted July 22, 1863. Wounded at Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.

JOHN J. STORY Drafted August 4, 1863. Deserted May 3, 1864.

FAYETTE THORN Drafted September E, 1863. Transferred to Company A, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Wounded in action with loss of leg.

Source:   Gilbert Adams Hays, Captain. Under the Red Patch: Story of the Sixty-third Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1864. Published by the 63d Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment Association. Pittsburgh: Market Review Publishing Company, 1908.

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