173d Regiment
Pennsylvania Volunteers

The Companies of this regiment, were from:
  • Company A. - Schuylkill County
  • Company B. - Lebanon County
  • Company C. - Lebanon County
  • Company D. - Schuylkill County
  • Company E. - Perry County
  • Company F. - Schuylkill County
  • Company G. - Schuylkill County
  • Company H. - Schuylkill County
  • Company I. - Lebanon County
  • Company K - Dauphin County
It was organized at Camp Curtin, during the months of October and November, with the following field officers:
  • Daniel Nagle, of Schuylkill County, Colonel
  • Zaccur P. Boyer, of Schuylkill county, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Grant Weidman, of Lebanon county, Major
On the 30th of November, it moved to Washington, whence it was ordered to Suffolk, Virginia, but before reaching Fortress Monroe, its destination was changed to Norfolk. Upon its arrival there, it reported to General Veile, and was assigned to duty in guarding the approaches to the town at Camp Veile, three miles out. Here the regiment was thoroughly drilled.

Subsequently, two companies were stationed at Fort Norfolk, one at Kempsville, twelve miles distant, one at the intrenched lines, an officer and twenty men at Sewells Point, a non-commissioned officer and twenty-five men at Cape Henry Light House, two companies at the David's Mill Bridge, a non-commissioned officer and six men for guard to the mail boat Arrow, running through the Albemarle Canal to Roanoke, a guard at the Inlian Pole Bridge, a guard at Great Bridge, a guard at the Princess Anne Road, and a guard along Farmers' Creek. These detachments were regularly relieved at intervals of a week.

Early in May, 1863, the regiment was ordered to Norfolk, for provost duty, where it remained until the 9th of July. It was then sent with the One Hundred and Seventy-seventh Pennsylvania, to Washington, and thence to Frederick, Maryland, reporting to General Meade, who was moving in pursuit of the rebel army in its retreat from Gettysburg. It was immediately ordered to report to General Howard, in command of the Eleventh Corps, and was assigned to the First Brigade of the Second Division, in which it was associated with the Twenty-seventh and Seventy-third Pennsylvania, One Hundred and Thirty-fourth and One Hundred and Fifty-fourth New York regiments.

It was now subjected to long and tedious marches, to which it was little accustomed, and was finally settled in duty to guard the Orange and Alexandria Railroad.

On the 13th of August, its term of service having expired, it was ordered to Harrisburg, where, on the 18th, it was mustered out.

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


Organized at Harrisburg October and November, 1862.
Left State for Washington, D.C., November 30;
thence moved to Suffolk and Norfolk, Va.
Attached to District of Norfolk, Va., 7th Corps, Dept. of Virginia, to July, 1863.
1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to August, 1863.


Guard, outpost and provost duty at Norfolk, Va., till July, 1863.
Ordered to Washington, D. C., July 9; thence moved to Frederick, Md.
Pursuit of Lee July 12-24.
Guard duty on Orange & Alexandria Railroad till August.
Mustered out August 18, 1863.


Regiment lost during service 19 by disease.

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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