Finger Nail Sketch of the Regiment
Mustered into Federal Service on 14 September 1861 as the 35th Pennsylvania Infantry.
Renumbered as the 74th Pennsylvania Infantry in the early part of 1862.
Received their colors on 5 March 1862 according to Advance the Colors!
Re-enlistment of regiments are noted as being January 1864 and in March 1865. The March enlistees are the ones listed in Samuel Bate’s book on Pennsylvania Regiments and referred to as the second regiment in this website.
See the bibliography portion of the Site.
Mustered out of Service on 29 August 1865.
The battle list is pursuant to Bates and the Official History – I have added to this the skirmishes that Chuck Abbott and Bret Coulson have helped to define. Battles had a very specific definition and they are listed with an asterisk (and have links to picture tours). Others are actions or skirmishes. This is not a complete list in that Bret is still finding other skirmishes, etc. Please note that for some Numbers 5, 6 are the same battle, but the U.S. Army identified the 28th of August 1862 as the Battle of Groveton and the next two days at the Battle of 2nd Bull Run (Manassas if you are south of the Mason-Dixon line).
2. Freeman’s Ford, VA 22 Aug 1862
3. Sulpher Springs, VA 24 Aug 1862
4. Waterloo Bridge, VA 25 Aug 1862
5. *Groveton, VA 28 Aug 1862
9. Seabrook Isl. SC 16 Nov 1863
10. John’s Island, SC 25 Dec 1863
11. John’s Island, SC 9-11 Feb 1864
12.James Island, SC 22 May 1864
13. James Island, SC 1-3 Jul 1864
Recruitment origins of the Companies
According to Samuel Bates’ History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865 – Vol. 1 – Please keep in mind that Bates for the most part only had the 2nd Regiment’s rosters. The Second Regiment is defined as those that enlisted in late 1864 or early 1865.
Company A - Columbia and Wyoming Counties
Company B – Pittsburgh
Company C – Northumberland County
Company D – Snyder and Union County
Company E – Northumberland County
Company F – Indiana and Westmoreland Counties
Company G – Adams and Berks Counties
Company H – Not recorded in Bates
Company I – Pittsburgh
Company K – Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties
[197 officers and men enlisted from Philadelphia according Taylor]