2d Pennsylvania Reserves/
31st Pennsylvania Volunteers
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Bates, Samuel P. History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot, 1993. Vol. 1, pp. 575-608 (18 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. 1577-78 (2 photocopied pages) for a concise summary of the regiment's service.
Pennsylvania. Gettysburg Battlefield Comm. Pennsylvania at Gettysburg: Ceremonies at the Dedication of the Monuments Erected by the Commonwealth.... Vol. 1. Hbg, PA: Wm S Ray, 1914. pp. 225-34 (6 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. See pp. 88-90 (3 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. 562-74 (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 pp. 67-68 (2 photocopied pages) for a brief history of the unit.Woodward, E. M., and Zamonski, Stan. Our Campaigns: The Second Regiment Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteers, Or, the Marches, Bivouacs, Battles, Incidents of Camp Life and History of Our Regiment During Its Three Years Term of Service, Together with a Sketch of the Army of the Potomac, Under Generals McClellan, Burnside, Hooker, Meade, and Grant. Shippensburg, PA: Burd Street Press, 1995. 305 p. E527.3.31stW662. Essentially a reprint of Woodward's Our Campaigns: Or, the Marches, Bivouacs, Battles, Incidents of Camp Life.... Phila: J. E. Potter, 1865. 362 p. E527.5.31stW66.
Our Photo Archive includes images of individuals of this unit.
The following pertinent personal papers are in the Institute's Manuscript Archive:
McCandless, William - HCWRTColl (Officer's record of service, 1861-1864; US Grant Letter recommending promotion to BG, May 13, 1864; Obituary, Jun 22, 1864; Wife's obituary, 1901)
Pennsylvania 31st Infantry Regimental Papers - BrakeColl (Adjutant's recollections about Gettysburg, Feb 7, 1876)
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