157th Regiment
Pennsylvania Volunteers

Recruiting for this regiment was commenced in the fall of 1862. During the month of December, with ranks only partially filled, it was sent for duty to Fort Delaware. In the meantime, recruiting had been commenced for the One Hundred and Fifty-sixth Regiment, but with only indifferent success, and on the 27th of February, 1863, the recruits, amounting in all to about a company, were consolidated with those of the One Hundred and Fifty-seventh, and the whole organized into a battalion of four companies, with the following field officers:
  • Edmund T. Tiers, of Philadelphia, Lieutenant Colonel, and
  • Thomas H. Addicks, of Philadelphia, Major
Until the opening of the campaign of 1864, the battalion performed duty in the defenses of Washington. Towards the close of June, it was ordered to the front, and joined the Army of the Potomac, while on the march from the North Anna River to Cold Harbor. It was engaged in the battles of Bethesda Church, Petersburg, Weldon Railroad, Chapel House, and Hatcher's Run.

On the 21st of March, 1865, the battalion was consolidated with the One Hundred and Ninety-first Pennsylvania, and with that regiment participated in the final campaign, whereby the rebel army was compelled to lay down its arms at Appomattox Court House, on the 9th of April. It was mustered out of service with that organization, in the field, in Virginia, on the 28th of June.

In consequence of its consolidation, no separate muster-out rolls were made. The records of the officers and men will, therefore, be found in their places in the rolls of the One Hundred and Ninety-first, and such as left the service, or died before the consolidation, in an appendix to that regiment.

Source:  Bates, Samuel P. History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg, 1868-1871.


Organization:

Organized at Philadelphia October, 1862, to February, 1863.
Moved to Fort Delaware December, 1862, and duty there till February, 1863.
Moved to Washington, D.C., and duty in the Defences of that city till May, 1864.
Attached to Tyler's Division, 22nd Corps, to May, 1864.
2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 5th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to August, 1864.
3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, to March, 1865.

Service:

Ordered to Join Army of the Potomac in the field and Joined May 29, 1864.
Battles about Cold Harbor June 1-12; Bethesda Church June 1-3.
Before Petersburg June 16-18.
Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to March 21, 1865.
Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864 (Reserve).
Weldon Railroad August 18-21.
Poplar Springs Church September 29-October 2.
Yellow House October 1-3.
Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27-28.
Warren's Raid on Weldon Railroad December 7-12.
Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865.
Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
Regiment transferred to 191st Pennsylvania Infantry March 21, 1865.

Losses:

Regiment lost during service:
31 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and
34 Enlisted men by disease.
Total 65.

Source:  Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Compiled and Arranged from Official Records of the Federal and Confederate Armies, Reports of he Adjutant Generals of the Several States, the Army Registers, and Other Reliable Documents and Sources.Des Moines, Iowa: The Dyer Publishing Company, 1908

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