187th PA Volunteer 
Infantry Regiment

Union Army, V Corps,

1st Division Badge

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PA Infantry Regiment

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In Memoriam

in memoriam

This web page is dedicated to the memory of my 2nd great-grandfather Jonathan Dellinger, and the men he served with in the 187th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment during the American Civil War.

     Jonathan Dellinger was born 21 Dec 1846 in Hellam Township, York County, Pennsylvania. He was the second of at least four known children produced by Johan George Dellinger and his wife Lydia Lieberknecht.  Jonathan grew up on the family farm located near Wrightsville in Hellam Township.

     Jonathan enlisted into the Union Army, as a Private, on 7 May 1864.  He was then  assigned to Company H, 187th Infantry Regiment, Pennsylvania.   On May 19 Jonathan and the 187th left for Washington, D.C. and a week later started for the front, joining the Army of the Potomac on June 6th.  He was present during the fighting of June 17 at the front in Petersburg, Jonathan remained in the Union Army trenches at Petersburg until June 18th when his regiment moved upon the Weldon railroad.  After severe fighting at Six-Mile House he was engaged in the work of fortification until Sept. 22.  The 187th was then ordered to Philadelphia and employed in garrison and escort duty at Camp Cadwalader near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Jonathan was present during the funeral events for President

Lincoln, in Philadelphia, at which the 187th led the procession from the railway station to Independence Hall and guarded the remains while they lay in state. Together with the 1st City Troop the Regiment was then detailed to escort the remains back to the railroad. During the remainder of his service Jonathon performed guard and provost duty in the Pennsylvania. Sgt. Jonathan Dellinger was mustered out, as a Sergeant, with his unit at Harrisburg on Aug. 3, 1865.

     One year after he returned from the war he married Mary Arnold in 1866. Jonathan was 22 years old at the time.  He and his wife Mary had eight children, three boys and five girls.  Jonathan made his living as a farmer.     He passed away one month short of age 77 years.  Jonathan Dellinger was buried November 1921 at St. Luke's Cemetery, Chanceford Twp., Pennsylvania.


Regimental History

History of the Military Unit

     The nucleus of the 187th was the 1st battalion of six months' infantry, which was mustered in at Harrisburg from June 21 to July 8, 1863. The battalion performed guard and provost duty at different points in the state until the expiration of its term, when it was reorganized at Camp Curtin and recruited to a full regiment.

     The 187th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment  was mustered into the U. S. service from Feb. to May, 1864, for a three years' term. The original Commanding Officers were- Colonels, John S. Schultze, and John E. Parsons; Lieut.-Colonels, Joseph E. Ramsey, John E. Parsons, and Joseph A. Ege; Majors, George W. Merrick, and David Z. Seipe.

     On May 19 the 187th Regiment left for Washington and a week later started for the front, joining the Army of the Potomac on June 6. It was assigned to the 1st brigade, (Gen. Chamberlain) 1st division (Gen. Griffin) 5th corps, (Gen. Warren). It supported the 9th corps during the fighting of June 17 in front of Petersburg and was itself heavily engaged with its corps on the left the next day, when it lost one-tenth of its numbers and was complimented by General

Chamberlain for its gallantry. Maj. Merrick, commanding the regiment, lost a leg here. It was engaged in the trenches and on the fortifications before Petersburg until Aug. 18, when it moved with its corps upon the Weldon railroad and after severe fighting at Six-mile house it was engaged in the work of fortification until Sept. 22. It was then ordered to Philadelphia and employed in garrison and escort duty at Camp Cadwalader. During the funeral obsequies of President Lincoln it led the procession from the railway station to Independence Hall and guarded the remains while they lay in state. Together with the 1st City Troop it was then detailed to escort the remains back to the railroad. During the remainder of its service it performed guard and provost duty at various points in the state by detachments. It was mustered out at Harrisburg on Aug. 3, 1865.

     During the course of the War 1 Officer and 66 enlisted men were either killed or morally wounded in battle. Another 69 enlisted men died of disease or accident. (A listing of these soldiers can be found within our “Image Gallery.”)

Source: The Union Army, vol. 1


Campaigns and Engagements


Second Battle of Petersburg

     The Second Battle of Petersburg, also known as the Assault on Petersburg, was the major attempt by the Union Army to take Petersburg, Virginia, before the main Confederate Army could reinforce the city. The failure of the Union to defeat the Confederates in these actions resulted in the start of the ten-month Siege of Petersburg.

     After the Battle of Cold Harbor in Ulysses S. Grant's 1864 Overland Campaign, the Union Army slipped away from Robert E. Lee and began crossing the James River. The advance unit was the XVIII Corps under William F. "Baldy" Smith, who had just finished the unsuccessful Bermuda Hundred Campaign under Benjamin Butler.

     Petersburg was lightly defended by roughly 4,500 soldiers under P.G.T. Beauregard, but Smith waited too long before launching his assault. By the time he did, reinforcements from Lee were marching into the city. When Smith finally did attack he drove the Confederates from their first line of trenches. On June 16, Winfield Scott Hancock with the II Corps reinforced Smith and captured another line of trenches. Reinforced by the IX Corps, the Union Army captured a third line of trenches as Beauregard pulled troops from Bermuda Hundred. The Federals failed to press their advantage and more of Lee's reinforcements were rushing to the defense. Despite being reinforced by the V Corps, the Union attacks on June 18 were repulsed with severe losses. Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain, was in command the newly organized First Brigade in the V Corps. This brigade consisted of five veteran Pennsylvania regiments from the now-gone First Corps: the 121st, 142nd, 143rd, 149th, and 150th--and a brand-new regiment, the 187th Pennsylvania. This new military unit became known as the "Keystone Brigade".  The First Brigade participated in the June 18 assault and Chamberlain was wounded so severely his name appeared in newspaper obituaries. He eventually survived the wound and returned to command his brigade as a brigadier general, promoted in the field personally by Grant for his bravery.

The Union assaults continued on through June 17 and June 18, but to no avail. Grant arrived and suspended the assaults. The chance to take Petersburg was lost, but the Confederate army was unable to prevent the Union army from laying siege to the city. The siege would last until April 1865. The 187th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment was involved in the fighting at Petersburg on the following days:  June 18, 19, 22, 25, July 10, 16 and August 3, 1864.


Second Battle of the Weldon Railroad

     This engagement also known as the Battle of Globe Tavern, August 18 to August 21, 1864, saw the Confederate forces lose control of the vital Weldon Railroad to the Union Army during the Siege of Petersburg of the American Civil War.

      Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant ordered an attack against the Weldon Railroad while the II Corps attacked Deep Bottom. The V Corps supported by units from the IX Corps and II Corps was chosen for the attack under the overall command of V Corps commander, Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren.

     On August 18, Warren reached the Weldon Railroad and drove off the Confederate pickets. He ordered the division of Brig. Gen. Charles Griffin to destroy the track. Confederate General Robert E. Lee reacted quickly, sending the Third Corps under Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill to secure the important rail line. Hill sent the division of Maj. Gen. Henry Heth against Warren while he attacked Brig. Gen. Romeyn B. Ayres's division. The Federals fell back and entrenched for the night.

     On August 19, Maj. Gen. William Mahone's Confederate division attacked Brig. Gen. Samuel W. Crawford's division, driving back its flank. Warren brought up reinforcements and counterattacked. The Federals succeeded in retaking nearly all the lost ground by the day's end. Warren had established a strong defensive position in an L-shape around Globe Tavern on August 20.

     The next day Hill attacked Warren's new position. Parts of three Confederate divisions assailed the Union works but were repulsed. At the corner of the L, Brig. Gen. Johnson Hagood's division managed to break through the Union lines, but then nearly became cut off before fighting its way back out. The IX Corps extended the Union siege lines to connect with Warren's current position.

     The Confederates had lost the Weldon Railroad and were forced to cart supplies 30 miles from the railroad at Stony Creek up the Boydton Plank Road into Petersburg. The Union army had gained its first decisive victory during the siege of Petersburg and achieved a major objective. Grant had severed the Weldon and extended his siege lines to Globe Tavern.

The 187th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment was primarily involved in the fighting at the Weldon Railroad on Auguts 19, 20, and 21, 1864.


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·        ROLL OF HONOR - A List of Those Who Were Killed, or Died From Wounds Received in Action, or Died From Disease

·        ROSTER OF OFFICERS - 187th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment

·        COMPLETE ROSTER -  all men who served in the 187th P.V.I Regiment 

·         Roster of Company H - 187th PA Vol. Inf. Regiment


·      Muster Roll, 187th Pennsylvania Volunteers, Co. A (use this direct link to website)

·      Roster of Company G, 187th PA Vol. Inf. Regiment (use this direct link to website)

·      Descriptions of Battles in which Regiment participated


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History of the 187th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment 1863-1865


Chapter I. - The story of the First Battalion Pennsylvania Six Months' Volunteers—Lee's invasion of Pennsylvania—

The formation of the Departments of Monongahela and Susquehanna.  Governor Curtin's Proclamation—Formation of the Battalion; its service in Pennsylvania—Muster out, January 9. 1864

Chapter II.  - Roster of the First Battalion—Field and Staff Officers Company A, Captain George W. Merrick; Company B, Captain David Z. Seip; Company C, Captain John R. Miles

Chapter III.  - Company D, Captain William Young; Company E, Captain William D. Snow; Company F, Captain Joseph A. Ege; Company G, Lieutenant Samuel Boyd, 41

Chapter IV.  - "A Roll of Honor"—A Roll of the members of the Regiment, killed in battle and those who died from wounds and disease, 67

Chapter V.  - The 187th Regiment—Its formation—Enlistment of Companies A, B, C, D, E and F—General Order, No. 20—Department of the Susquehanna—Organization of Companies G, H, I, K—The assembling at Harrisburg, May 17, 1864

Chapter VI.  - May 19th, leaving Harrisburg; arriving at Baltimore—Leaving Baltimore, arrival at Washington—Leaving Washington for Arlington Heights—Leaving Arlington, May 26th, for Alexandria—Embarking on transports—Down the Potomac and up the Rappahannock, to Port Royal

Chapter VII.  - Arrival at Port Royal, May 29th—Left Port Royal May 31st— Bowling Green—Mosby's Guerillas—Mattapony river— Picket firing at night—March resumed on the 2nd; Com- panies A and B thrown out as skirmishers—Joined by the Second Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery and Twenty-first Cavalry—Beulah Church—Elliottville—Pawmunky River —Arrival at Cold Harbor

Chapter VIII. - Sunday, June 5th, marched all day—Mechanicsville—Shady Grove Church—Chickahominy River—Under fire at Cold Harbor—Assigned to the First Brigade, First Division, Fifth Army Corps—On the North bank of the Chickahominy river—Bottom Bridge—June 12th, on the picket line—Cross the Chickahominy near Long's Bridge—White Oak Swamp—Charles City Court House—Crossing the James River—The march to Petersburg

Chapter IX.  - In front of Petersburg, June 17th—In support of the Ninth Corps —The First baptism of blood—Death of Theodore Boyles and A. A. Wolf, of Company D—Moving into position— The bugle call at 3 p. m.—The terrible charge on "Rives Salient"—The story of the charge by Captain John E. Reilly—Description of the fight by Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Chamberlain, 150th P. V.

Chapter X. - The battles of the trenches—Jerusalem Plank Road—Working on the entrenchments all night—Wounding of Captain George G. Lovett, of Company K, and Sergeant William D. Ritner, of Company D, by Confederate Sharp Shooters— Wounding of John E. Roberts, by a piece of shell while at work on Fort Hell—Blowing up of Fort by the Ninth Corps


Chapter XI.  - The movement to the Weldon railroad—Tearing up the road at the Yellow House—The movement to the right in support of the First Michigan—Moving into position—Loss of several men of Company D—In water all night—Corporal William A. Stone and several members of Company A close up a gap in the breastworks—Major Hooper, of the First Michigan, describes the fight on the picket line, the night of August 20th, and morning of 21st—Sunday morning, August 21st, by Captain John E. Reilly—Capture of Confederate flags and prisoners—Shooting of Captain Daily, by Confederate General Haygood—Movement to the left flank—Fortifying the line at White Farm

Chapter XII. - The fight at Ream's Station—Building of Fort White—Movement to Vaughn's road, September 15-16th

Chapter XIII.  - Transferred to the Department of Pennsylvania—Farewell to the Army of the Potomac—March to City Point—Embarked on transport for Washington—By rail to Philadelphia—Arrival there September 27th—Breakfast at the Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon—March to Camp Cadwallader


Chapter XIV. - Funeral of Abraham Lincoln—Meeting the remains at the P. W. and B. depot—Escorting them to Independence Hall—On duty there all day Sunday—The march to the New York depot on Monday morning

Chapter XV. - The Regiment on duty in Pennsylvania—Special Order No. 81— The march to Spring Mills—Ordered to Harrisburg—

Mustered out August 3, 1865

Chapter XVI. - Inauguration of Governor William A. Stone—Formation of the Survivors' Association—Addresses of James M. Gibbs and Samuel C. Ilgenfritz—Roll of the members of the Regiment present at the Inauguration

Chapter XVII. - Second Annual Reunion of the Association at Gettysburg, June 5, 1900—Address of Hon. William A. Stone, 165

Chapter XVIII. - Camp-fire at the Third Annual Reunion of the Association at Gettysburg—Address of Major George W. Merrick

Chapter XIX.  - Camp-fire at the Fourth Annual Reunion of the Association at Gettysburg, June 3, 1902—Speech of Captain George G. IvOvett, of Company K, and Comrade Frances M. Stoke,of Company D, 185

Chapter XX.  - Camp-fire at the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Association, at Wellsboro, Pa., September 7, 1904—Addresses made by Comrades Lewis Rodenhoffer, Company F; Frederick K. Ployer, Company D; Captain Ransford B. Webb, Company I, and Henry M. Foot, Company A

Chapter XXI.  - Bill Blain and his mule

Chapter XXII.  - A complete Roster of the Officers of the Regiment—Roll of the members of the 187th Regiment, P. V. L, living thirty-nine years after muster out of service

Chapter XXIII. - Roster of the Field and Staff Officers—Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I and K

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Our Image Archives of the 187th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

Regiment features portraits of the following named soldiers.

Colonel John E. Parsons
Lieutentant Colonel Joseph A. Ege

Major George W. Merrick
Major David Z. Seip
Major William J. Robinson

Surgeon John C. Fruit
Quartermaster Matthew H. McCall
Adjutant Jerome W. Henry

Hospital Steward George W. Kennedy
Assistant Surgeon W. W. Webb
Assistant Surgeon James T. Mahon
Assistant Surgeon Theodore Jacobs

Captain Morgan Hart
Lieutenant Timothy B. Culver
Lieutenant William A. Stone
Corporal William A. Stone
Corporal John Henry
Corporal Henry M. Foot
Philander Bockus
Samuel S. Steel,
Reuben H. Steel
William E. Dales
Wesley Saxbury
Robert Francis
Captain Samuel J. Adams
Lieutenant Samuel C. Ilgenfritz
Lieutenant Jonathan J. Jessup
Corporal George K. Grove
Musician Wilmot Ayres
Corporal Lewis Milner
Corporal John J. Hess
Henry Gable
Walter R. Ruby
Joseph W. Campbell
Milton B. Reynolds
William H. Hamilton
Otto Steininger
George Berkheimer
Captain William Young
Lieutenant James Johnson
Lieutenant Orville D. Harder


Sergeant A. B. Patton 
Corporal William E. Mohr

Charles P. Harder
John H. Harder
James M. Gibbs
David H. Rank
Arthur F. Alward
John Waldron
John E. Roberts

John Sechler

Isaac Snell
Albert Werkheiser
William Bryant
John Sechler
William Nash
Peter M. Reed
Jacob Slack
Watkin Morgan
William Stewart
John J. Roderick
Thomas P. Morgan
James D. Ware
Charles S. Beaver
John O'Brian,
John C. Devine
Nelson B. Case
Captain John E. Frymire
Lieutenant John S. Gore
Lieutenant Frank Best
Sergeant H. H. Peck
Sergeant James M. Kennedy
Corporal L. F. Moul
Corporal W. H. Cobaugh
Corporal Samuel Bricker
Corporal W. O. Trego
Musician Frank Stoke

Augustus Kyle
Robert McKeehan
Theodore Boyles

F. K. Ployer
Jonathan E. Ferree
Augustus G. Kyle
William Green
William R. Householder


James Dunn

H. B. Wilkinson

Captain John E. Reilly
Sergeant Gideon Myers

Corporal Eugene Lenhart
Frank Snow
George W. Sneer
Captain William H. Carlin
Lieutenant Frank J. Deemer
Captain Carlin

Lieutenant Deemer
Sergeant John S. Jenkins
Sergeant Stephen M. Whitbeck
Sergeant Geo. Wolcot

Corp. John Montgomery
John W. White
Miner Naugle,
Thomas B. McCord
John Woy
Lieutenant Daniel Keller
F. Finnecy
William N. Reynolds

Captain Ransford B. Webb
Robert M. Boyles

A. M. Landis
Sergeant John A. Steel
George N. Ashenfelder
Captain George G. Lovett
Lieutenant Alexander Blackburn
Lieutenant George S. Walker
Corporal John Dunn
Musician Samuel Lowery
Webster Spencer
Chas. В. Ellis
George Doan
Joseph O'Brian
Corporal Edwin Rodgers
George Grafus

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