James Addams Beaver, Commander
Colonel Beaver of Bellefonte commanded the 148th
Prior to the war he served as Private, Sergeant and Second Lieutenantin the Bellefonte Fencibles; First Lieutenant, Company H, 2ndPennsylvania, three months service April 21, 1861 to July 26, 1861; appointedLieutenant Colonel July 22, 1861; assigned to duty at Camp Curtin and musteredwith the 45th Pennsylvania October 21, 1861. He resigned September4, 1862, to accept command of the 148th
Colonel Beaver was breveted to the rank of
A lawyer, Colonel Beaver, who died in 1914, served as a superior courtjudge, Governor of
LTColonel Robert McFarlane
LT Colonel McFarlane, Bellefonte, recruited and commanded Company G.Earlier, he served as Captain in Company H of the 7th Pennsylvania,a three months regiment, April 22, 1861, to July 1861.
Colonel McFarlane contacted typhoid fever during the winter of1862-1863 and was sent to his home. He returned to the Regiment before he wasfit for service. He did not fully recover and was discharged on a surgeon'scertificate of disability on November 4, 1863.
LTColonel George Ashbridge Fairlamb
LT Colonel Fairlamb of Bellefonte recruited and commandedCaptain of H Company, 148th Pennsylvania Volunteers; elected Majorupon organization of the regiment; and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel November15, 1863.
Colonel Fairlamb was wounded slightly at Chancellorsville,
LTColonel James Frederick Weaver
LT Colonel Weaver of Milesburg recruited Company B. He was appointedSecond Lieutenant to recruit the company. Promoted to Captain of Company B uponorganization of the 148th
Colonel Weaver was wounded at the Po River in
MajorRobert Henry Forster
Major Forster of Rebersburg recruited Company A and was electedCaptain of the company on September 1, 1862. Earlier, he served as Private, 2nd
Major Forster was wounded three times: At Chancellorsville, onMay 3, 1863; at
LTColonel George Adams Bayard
LT Colonel Bayard of Bellefonte enlisted August 22, 1861.Appointed First Lieutenant of Company H when the company was organized;promoted to Captain September 8, 1862, and to Major March 17, 1865. CommissionedLieutenant Colonel June 1, 1865. Not mustered because Regiment was belowminimum.
Colonel Bayard was wounded during the
CaptainSilas J. Marlin
A native of Brookville,
During this time he also "..served on the staffs of Generals Caldwell, Barlow and Miles and was actively engaged in every engagement in which his division participated, either in command of his company or on staff duty."
Captain Marlin also served on the staff of First Division, Second Corps as Acting Assistant Adjutant General. He was brevetted to Major December 2, 1864 and to Lieutenant Colonel April 2, 1865. "May 26, 1865, he was ordered, by general order from the War Department, to report for duty at Fortress Monroe and was appointed by General Miles inspector during the first part of Jefferson Davis' imprisonment at the Fortress. He was commissioned Major of his Regiment June 1, 1865, but, being absent on detailed services, was not mustered as such, being at this time on duty at Fortress Monroe under General Miles, who had charge of the captured chief of the fallen Confederacy. On the 17th of December Captain Marlin was brevetted a Major of Volunteers by President Lincoln for gallant services at the battle of Reams Station...to rank from December 2, 1864." "..January 15 1865, he was again brevetted Lieutenant Colonel of Volunteers for gallantry and valuable services. Colonel Beaver says of Colonel Marlin: 'He was most capable gallant and useful officer upon the staff and was well entitled to all the honor which he received for the service'." Captain Marlin died at his home in Brookville in 1888.
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