Company I
63rd Pennsylvania Infantry

"The McKeesport Rifle Grays"

Recruited at M'Keesport, Allegheny County

At a meeting called August 12, 1861, in Alliquipa Hall, foot of Market Street, McKeesport, Pa., for the enrollment and enlistment of a company, Rev. D. K. Rine, a very stirring and patriotic speech and at its close some sixty-one young men enrolled their names. Two days after they left on the steamer Bayard for Camp Wilkins, near Pittsburgh, command of James F. Ryan, who was the unanimous choice as Captain.

With a week after enlisting, one hundred having been recruited and added to the company, we were mustered and sworn into the United States service by Captain Hays, U. S. Army, and immediately, via Pennsylvania Railroad Company, in box cars, went to Washington, D. C., remaining over night and part of next day in a large barracks known as “The Soldiers' Rest,” when we were sent out to our first camp, Georgetown, D. C. and assigned to the Sixty-third Regiment, without tents, uniforms or guns, sleeping for the first time on the ground without covering, but beautifully refreshed about midnight with a heavy rainfall. A few days later we were marched to the United States Arsenal to receive guns and ammunition. Will we ever forget the guns that fired from both ends? Took boat at Washington to Alexandria, Va., went into Camp Johnson, Arlington Heights, Va. Here George W. Gray, of McKeesport, having recruited some eighteen men which completed the full complement of one hundred and one men which was added to Company I, Color Company.

James F. Ryan was commissioned as Captain; George W. Gray, First Lieutenant; James M. Lysle, Second Lieutenant; James M. Lysle, being September 1st promoted to Regimental Quartermaster, was killed six months later at Pohick Church, Va. James F. M'Mullen, commissioned to fill vacancy of second Lieutenant September 1, 1861, vice Lieutenant Lysle, resigned July 26, 1862. David C. Crawford was commissioned September 1, 1864, Second Lieutenant, vice James F. M'Mullen, resigned. First Lieutenant George W. Gray promoted as Captain, Company C, transferred September 1, 1862. Andrew C. Critchlow promoted September 1, 1862, to First Lieutenant, vice George W. Gray, transferred to Captain Company C. Captain James F. Ryan promoted Major, December 19, 1863. William M'Intosh was commissioned January 3, 1864, Captain, vice James F. Ryan, promoted to Major.

At the close of the three years' service, the company was mustered out September 19, 1864; those of the company re-enlisting as Veterans, were transferred to the One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. The enrollment of the company, including recruits, drafted, etc. numbered 131.

Killed or died of wounds 19

Died of disease 11

Discharged 36

Deserted 5

Transferred to other regiments 33

Mustered out 24

Resigned 2

Total enrolled 130

Wounded in action  37

 

JAMES F. RYAN, Captain Mustered in August 19, 1861. Promoted to Major, December 19, 1863. Discharged April 1, 1864. Died since the war at McKeesport, Pa.

GEORGE W. GRAY, First Lieutenant Mustered in August 19, 1861. Promoted to Captain Company C, July 26, 1862. Resigned November 10, 1862. Died since the war.

JAMES F. McMULLEN, Second Lieutenant Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged July 26, 1862.

JOHN H. COOPER, Sergeant Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, January 7, 1863, on account of disability. Died Pittsburgh, Pa., January 3, 1906. Buried in Versailles cemetery, McKeesport, Pa.

GEORGE W. MANSFIELD, Sergeant Mustered in August 19, 1861. Killed at Nelson's Farm, Va., June 30, 1862.

WILLIAM STACY, Sergeant Mustered in August 19, 1861. Killed at Second Bull Run, August 29, 1862.

DAVID C. CRAWFORD, Sergeant Mustered in August 19, 1861. Promoted to Second Lieutenant, September 1, 1864. Wounded at Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863, and at Wilderness, Va., May 6, 1864. Transferred as Captain, to Company E, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. 

JOHN H. WEST, Sergeant Mustered in August 19, 1861. Promoted to First Sergeant, September 4, 1864. Veteran Volunteer. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, as First Lieutenant. Died since the war.

ANDREW C. CRITCHLOW, Corporal Mustered in August 19, 1861. Promoted to First Lieutenant. Resigned January 9, 1863. Died since the war.

JOHN H. HOFFMAN, Corporal Mustered in August 19, 1861. Wounded at Second Bull Run, August 29, 1862. Promoted to Sergeant, May 3, 1863. Mustered out with company.

JOHN MUNKITTRICK, Corporal Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, November 6, 1862. Died since the war.

WILLIAM SAMPLE, Corporal Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged October 25, 1862, for wounds received at Second Bull Run, August 29, 1862. Died since the war.

CHRISTOPHER C. FAWCETT, Corporal Mustered in August 19, 1861. Wounded at Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864, and at Petersburg, June 19, 1864. Absent wounded at muster out. 

JOSEPH WALTHOUR, Musician Mustered in August 19, 1861. Mustered out with company.

WILLIAM McINTOSH, Corporal Mustered in August 19, 1861. Promoted to First Lieutenant, May 3, 1863; to Captain, January 3, 1864. Wounded May 22, 1864. Absent at muster out. Died at Esplen, Pittsburgh, Pa., January 28, 1902.

JOHN BELLAS, Corporal Mustered in August 19, 1861. Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps, September 30, 1863. Died since the war.

W. P. WAMPLER, Musician Mustered in August 19, 1861. Mustered out with company. Died McKeesport, Pa., January 24, 1907. Buried Varsailles cemetery.

WILLIAM BROWN, Wagoner Mustered in August 19, 1861. Wounded at Second Bull Run, Va., August 29, 1862. Discharged February 20, 1863. Died January 23, 1896, at Stewart Station, Pa. Buried Union cemetery, Penn township, Allegheny county,

PRIVATES.

PHILIP ALLEBRAND Mustered in August 19, 1861. Promoted to Sergeant. Died June 21, 1864, of wounds received at Petersburg, Va., June 18, 1864.

JOHN ALLEBRAND Mustered in August 19, 1861. Killed at Wilderness, Va., May 6, 1864.

WILLIAM ATWATER Mustered in August 1, 1861. Promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant, September 1, 1862. Died July 6, 1886, McKeesport, Pa.

WILLIAM BROWN Mustered in August 19, 1861. Mustered out with company. Died since the war.

JAMES BICKERSTAFF Mustered in August 19, 1861. Died May 6, 1864, of wounds received at Wilderness, May 5, 1864. Buried National cemetery, Fredericksburg, Va. Grave 302.

BAILEY COOK Mustered in August 19, 1861. Wounded at New Market Cross Roads, June 30, 1862. Discharged November 19, 1862. Died since the war.

THADDEUS F. CLYMER Mustered in August 19, 1861. Promoted to Corporal. Discharged February 22, 1864, for wounds received at Mine Run, Va., November 27, 1863.

JOHN CONWAY Mustered in August 19, 1861. Deserted August 15, 1862.

STACY CRAIG Mustered in August 19, 1861. Died July 19, 1862. Buried Cypress Hill cemetery, Long Island. Grave 239.

ROBERT W. CLARK Mustered in August 19, 1861. Deserted October 9, 1862.

GEORGE DOUGHERTY Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, April 30, 1862. Died since the war.

JOHN G. DOUGHERTY Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, October 30, 1862. Died since the war.

WILLIAM DAY Mustered in August 19, 1861. Died June 14, 1862, of wounds received at Fair Oaks, Va., May 31, 1862.

SANDY C. DRENNAN Mustered in August 19., 1861. Promoted to Sergeant. Killed at Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864. Buried National cemetery, Fredericksburg, Va.

WILLIAM DTAS Mustered in August 10, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, August 10, 1863.

WINFIELD S. DAVIS Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged December 5, 1862, for wounds received at Fair Oaks, Va., May 31, 1862.

JOSEPH L. EVANS Mustered in August 19, 1861. Promoted to Sergeant, August 14, 1862. Wounded at Groveton, Va., August 29, 1862; at Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863; at Petersburg, Va., June 18, 1864; in front of Petersburg, Va., October 2, 1864; and at Hatcher's Run, Va., October 27, 1864. Veteran Volunteer. Transferred to Company D, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, as First Lieutenant.

ALBERT G. FASOLD Mustered in August 19, 1861. Died June 24, 1862.

SAMUEL FIELDS Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, August 10, 1863. Died at McKeesport, Pa., June 12, 1905. Buried Versailles cemetery.

HENRY F. FREIMANN Mustered in August 19, 1861. Promoted to Hospital Steward United States Army, March 16, 1863.

ALEXANDER D. FOSTER Mustered in September 19, 1861. Promoted to Corporal, August 15, 1862, and April 15, 1864. Wounded at Nelson's Farm, Va., June 30, 1862, and June 18, 1864. On detached service in Battery B, N. J. Artillery September 6, 1862, to April, 1864. Absent wounded at muster out.

WILLIAM P. GILBERT Mustered in August 19, 1861. Veteran Volunteer. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.

JOHN N. GAMBLE Mustered in August 19, 1861. Wounded at Second Bull Run, Va., August 29, 1862, and at Spottsylvania, May 12, 1864. Promoted to Corporal and to Sergeant. Absent at muster out.

PETER GALLITAN Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, January 26, 1863.

JAMES GALLITAN Mustered in August 19, 1861. Wounded at Second Bull Run, Va., August 29, 1862, with loss of arm. Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps, November 15, 1863. Died August 15, 1905, at McKeesport, Pa.

SAMUEL GRUBAUGH Mustered in August 19, 1861. Killed at Second Bull Run, Va., August 29, 1862.

ROBERT F. GOULD Mustered in August 19, 1861. Killed at Second Bull Run, Va., August 29, 1862.

THOMPSON HOAK Mustered in August 19, 1861. Mustered out with company. Died August 15, 1905, at Manor, Pa.

THOMAS L. HUNTER Mustered in August 19, 1861. Wounded at Second Bull Run, Va., August 29, 1862. Promoted to Corporal, May 6, 1864. Mustered out with company.

SAMUEL JAMESON Mustered in August 19, 1861. Promoted to Corporal. Died May 8, 1864, of wounds received at Wilderness, Va., May 6, 1864. Buried National cemetery, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

WALTER JONES Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, October 27, 1862. Died since the war.

JAMES IRWIN Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged October 29, 1862, for wounds received at Second Bull Run, Va., August 29, 1862. Died since the war.

JAMES L. KING Mustered in August 19, 1861. Mustered out with company. Died in McKeesport, Pa., since the war.

JOHN KEOUGH Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged September 16, 1863, for wounds received at Second Bull Run, Va., August 29, 1862. Died since the war.

PETER LAFFERTY Mustered in August 19, 1861. Mustered out with company. Died since the war.

JOHN LAPE Mustered in August 19, 1861. Mustered out with company. Died since the war.

URIAH MAINS Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, April 22, 1862. Died since the war.

JACOB MAINS Mustered in August 19, 1861. Promoted to Corporal, May 6, 1864. Participated in every engagement in which his company took part; was never wounded, sick or absent a day during his three years term of service. Mustered out with company. Died insane ward, Allegheny County Home, Pa., April 28, 1907.

FAUNTLEY MUSE Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged November 28, 1862, for wounds received at Second Bull Run, Va., August 29, 1862; loss of arm. Died since the war.

JAMES McKELTY Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, October 13, 1862. Died since the war.

JOSEPH McCAULEY Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, October 4, 1862. Died since the war.

LUTHER McMAINS Mustered in August 19, 1861. Mustered out with company.

DANIEL P. McINTYRE Mustered in August 19, 1861. Mustered out with company.

JOHN O NEIL Mustered in August 19, 1861. Captured at Manassas Junction, October 26, 1863. Died in Andersonville Prison, Ga., July 12, 1864. Grave 3199.

PATRICK O NEILL Mustered in August 19, 1861. Killed at Fair Oaks, Va., May 31, 1862.

JOHN PRITCHARD Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged November 29, 1862, for wounds received at Nelson's Farm, Va., June 30, 1862. Died since the war.

GEORGE W. PASSMORE Mustered in August 19, 1861. Mustered out with company. Died since the war, at McKeesport, Pa.

SAMUEL PERKINS Mustered in August 19, 1861. Killed at Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864. Buried National cemetery, Fredericksburg, Va.

JOHN PACKER Mustered in August 19, 1861. Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps, November 15, 1863. Died since the war.

JOEL T. PAINTER Mustered in August 19, 1861. Promoted to Corporal, May 6, 1864. Wounded in front of Richmond, Va., 1862; at Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863; and at Petersburg, Va., September 19, 1864. Absent wounded at muster out.

WILLIAM PACKER Mustered in August 19, 1861. Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps, September 1, 1863.

ISRAEL PANCOST Mustered in August 19, 1861. Mustered out with company. Died since the war.

JAMES PARKS Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged by order General Court Martial, January 17, 1863.

JOHN C. PATTERSON Mustered in August 19, 1861. Promoted to Corporal. Killed at Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864. Buried in National cemetery, Fredericksburg, Va.

JOHN REILLY Mustered in August 19, 1861. Died May 18, 1862, at Yorktown.

JOHN RAMPP Mustered in August 19, 1861. Died April 5, 1863.

JOHN RHYME Mustered in August 19, 1861. Captured and died at Andersonville Prison, June 4, 1864. Buried National cemetery there. Grave 1599.

JAMES D. REYNOLDS Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, September 16, 1862.

RANDOLPH R. REYNOLDS Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, September 16, 1862.

ALEXANDER ROBINSON Mustered in August 19, 1861. Died May 6, 1864, of wounds received at Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864.

ISAAC SHARP Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, January 26, 1862. Died since the war.

LEVI B. SCOTT Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged September 24, 1862, for wounds received at Fair Oaks, May 31, 1862. Died since the war.

ARCHIBALD SCOTT Mustered in August 19, 1861. Wounded at Wapping Heights, July 23, 1*863. Absent at muster out. Died since the war.

CLEMENT SMITH Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, January 26, 1862. Died since the war.

GEORGE SOLES Mustered in August 19, 1861. Wounded Nelson's Farm, June 30, 1862. Mustered out with company. Died Braddock, Pa., April 5, 1904.

OLIVER R. SMITH Mustered in August 19, 1861. Captured May 31, 1862. Died at Belle Isle, Va., prison, September 2, 1862.

CHRISTIAN SNYDER Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, May 24, 1862. Died since the war.

ALEXANDER E. TRICH Mustered in August 19, 1861. Deserted and returned. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

FRANCIS M. TAYLOR Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, January 31, 1863.

CHARLES TAYLOR Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, March 9, 1862. Died at Elizabeth, Pa., since the war.

WESLEY WOOD Mustered in August 19, 1861. Died January 23, 1862.

ROBERT WIPER Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, December 14, 1862.

JAMES WIPER Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, April 26, 1862.

ALEXANDER WIPER Mustered in August 19, 1861. Wounded at Second Bull Run, Va., August 29, 1862. Transferred to Second United States Cavalry, January 6, 1863.

PETER WRAY Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, March 26, 1863. Died since the war.

ARCHIBALD WATSON Mustered in August 19, 1861. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Veteran Volunteer.

JOHN S. WOLF Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged December 10, 1862, for wounds received at Second Bull Run, August 29, 1862. Died since the war.

THEODORE C. WALKER Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged February 3, 1863, for wounds received at Fredericksburg, Va., December 14, 1863.

JOHN WHITESELL Mustered in August 19, 1861. Killed at Nelson's Farm, Va., June 30, 1862.

JAMES WHITESELL Mustered in August 19, 1861. Killed at Nelson's Farm, Va., June 30, 1862.

WILLIAM WHIGHAM Mustered in August 19, 1861. Wounded at Second Bull Run, Va., August 29, 1862, and at Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864. Absent wounded at muster out.

WILLIAM ZIMMERMAN Mustered in August 19, 1861. Veteran Volunteer. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

GEORGE BARNETT Drafted July 11, 1863. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war!

STEPHEN BENNETT Drafted July 11, 1863. Wounded at Spottsylvania, May 12, 1864. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

STEPHEN BOSSINGER Drafted July 18, 1863. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died June 10, 1907.

JAMES H. BRISCO Drafted September 9, 1863. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

JOHN BURNWORTH Drafted July 16, 1863. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

SAMUEL BIDDLE Drafted July 11, 1863. Deserted May 5, 1864.

MATTHEW CANNON Drafted July 16, 1863. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the wai.

MILTON COYAN Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, May 11, 1862.

THOMAS G. DOUGLASS Drafted July 11, 1863. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died October 15, 1903, at Boston, Pa.

JACOB DAVIS Drafted July 18, 1863. Died at Alexandria, Va., October 15, 1863. Grave 1010.

JOHN DITMAN Drafted July 12, 1863. Killed at Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864.

JOHN DENNEY Drafted September 3, 1863. Deserted November 27, 1863.

THOMAS H. EVANS Mustered in August 3, 1864. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.

DAVID FREDERICK Drafted July 11, 1863. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

WILLIAM GEORGE Drafted July 18, 1863. Killed at Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864.

WILSON GOULD Mustered in August 19, 1861. Died September 29, 1861. Buried Military Asylum cemetery, Washington, D. C. Grave 2377.

COLEMAN C. HUEY Mustered in August 19, 1861. Discharged on surgeon's certificate, November 18, 1861. Died since the war.

ISAAC H. JONES Drafted July 10, 1863. Wounded at Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

JOHN LOTZ Drafted July 13, 1863. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

WILLIAM A. MAHAFFEY Drafted July 11, 1863. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died McKeesport, Pa., March 11, 1898.

THOMAS MOORE Drafted July 18, 1863. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

BENJAMIN MEREDITH Drafted July 11, 1863. Died May 6, 1864, of wounds received at Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864.

NATHAN M. McLELLAND Drafted September 9, 1863. Wounded at Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

JOSEPH McMURRAY Drafted July 11, 1863. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

WILLIAM C. ORRIS Drafted September 3, 1863. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers.

SAMUEL G. PENNEY Enlisted August 19, 1861. Promoted to Second Lieutenant United States Army, November 1, 1861. Died since the war.

HENRY SHERRY Drafted July 18, 1863. Captured at Petersburg, January 22, 1864. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

HENRY YOUNT Drafted July 18, 1863. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Died since the war.

ISAAC YOUNT Drafted September 5, 1863. Transferred to Company I, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. Killed in front of Petersburg, Va., at Fort Hell.

JACOB YOUNT Drafted July 18, 1863. Deserted May 3, 1864.

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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