What's Historic About Brookville, Pennsylvania?

Civil War Heroes, The 'Wild cats'
Muster Roll of Company B
One Hundred-fifth Regiment

By Jeremiah Orris

Company B was recruited chiefly in Brookville and the vicinity, and mainly by Captain John C. Dowling, who commanded it until he was killed at Fair Oaks.

Captain S.A. Craig succeeded him, who due to wounds had to give up the command to Captain W.S. Barr. He in turn, for the same reason, had to yield to Captain Joseph C. Kelso, who led it through subsequent hard fights until the final muster out.

The 'Wild Cats Regiment'

The wild Cats Regiment was so named from the old name of the Congressional district which embraced Jefferson County, from where it was principally recruited, was raised in accordance with authority granted by the War Department to Armor A. McKnight, of Brookville, PA. The regiment was organized at Pittsburgh, on September 9, 1861 and proceeded immediately to Washington City, going into camp Kalerama Heights on September 11.

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