12th Pennsylvania Reserves/
41st Pennsylvania Volunteers


Source:  U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center
(formerly the U. S. Army Military History Institute)

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15 Jan 2009

Bates, Samuel P.    History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5.Wilmington, NC:   Broadfoot, 1993. Vol. 2, pp. 876-906 (16 photocopied pages). E527B32.1993v6. (Brief history and roster of the regiment).

Dyer, Frederick H.    A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion.   Vol. 2.    Dayton, OH:   Morningside, 1979.    Ref. See pp. 1582-83 (2 photocopied pages) for a concise summary of the regiment's service.

Gottfried, Bradley M. "Fisher's Brigade at Gettysburg: The Big Round Top Controversy." Gettysburg Magazine No. 19: pp. 84-93. E475.53G482no19.

Hardin, Martin D. "The Defense of Washington Against Early's Attack." In Military Essays and Recollections (MOLLUS, IL, Vol. 2). Chicago: McClurg, 1894. pp. 121-44 (13 photocopied pages). E464M5.1991v11.

_____. "Gettysburg Not a Surprise to the Union Commander." In Military Essays and Recollections (MOLLUS, IL, Vol. 4). Chicago: Cozzens & Beaton, 1907. pp. 265-275 (6 photocopied pages). E464M5.1991v13.

_____. History of the Twelfth Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps (41st Regiment of the Line)...Together With Biographical Sketches of Officers and Men and a Complete Muster-out Roll. NY: By the Author, 1890. 224 p. E527.5.41st.H37.

Lowry, Thomas P. Curmudgeons, Drunkards, and Outright Fools: Courts-Martial of Civil War Union Colonels. Lincoln, NE: U NE, 2003. 258 p. KF7641L69. See pp. 208-212 on the court martial of COL John H. Taggart.

Nesbitt, Mark. 35 Days to Gettysburg: The Campaign Diaries of Two American Enemies. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole, 1992. 208 p. E475.51N47. Franklin Horner, Co H & Thomas Ware, 15th Georgia Infantry.

Pennsylvania. Gettysburg Battlefield Comm. Pennsylvania at Gettysburg: Ceremonies at the Dedication of the Monuments Erected by the Commonwealth.... Vol. 1. Harrisburg, PA: Wm S Ray, 1914. pp. 287-300 (8 photocopied pages). E475.53P422v1. (Addresses delivered at the dedication of the regimental monument and a photo of that monument at the Gettysburg National Military Park).

Sauers, Richard A. Advance the Colors!: Pennsylvania Civil War Battle Flags. Vol. 1. Hbg, PA: Capitol Preservation Comm, 1987. pp. 110-11 (2 photocopied pages). E527.4S38.1987v1. (Brief unit history with emphasis on the regimental flags).

Sherry, Jeffrey F. "'The Terrible Impetuosity': The Pennsylvania Reserves at Gettysburg." Gettysburg Magazine No. 16: pp. 68-80. E475.53G482no16.

Sypher, J. R. History of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps.... Lancaster, PA: Elias Barr, 1865. pp. 696-709 (7 photocopied pages). E527.4S99. (Roster of the regiment).

Taylor, Frank H. Philadelphia in the Civil War. Phila: By the City, 1913. E527.97P54T39. See p. 74 (1 photocopied page) for a brief history of the unit.

Our Photo Archive includes images of individuals of this unit.

The following pertinent personal papers are in the Institute's Manuscript Archive:

Boyer, John - HCWRTColl-BoyerColl (Enlisted man's letters, May 24, 1863-Mar 5, 1865)

Curtin, Andrew G. - HCWRTColl (Governor's letters, Sep 19, 1861-Apr 15, 1863)

Harding, James B. - PASaveFlagsColl (Officer's letters, May 1861-Feb 1862)

Pennsylvania 41st Infantry Regimental Papers - BrakeColl (Officer's memoir, 1861-1864; Corporal's diary, Jun 16, 1863- Jul 8, 1863)

Petty, Philip - CWMiscColl (Enlisted man's letters, Dec 4, 1861-Jul 6, 1863)






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