Capt. Edwin Spalding, 141st PA

CDV of a Pennsylvania 141st Infantry Captain named Edwin Spalding who was wounded in action at Chancellorsville and also at the Battle of the Wilderness. The CDV bears a pencil identification on back of “Capt. Edwin Spalding 141st Penna Vol.”

Spalding was from Bradford County, Pennsylvania, and enlisted on August 21, 1862, as a 1st Lieutenant and was commissioned into “I” Co., PA 141st Infantry. He was promoted to Captain on December 10, 1862. He was wounded in action on May 3, 1863, at Chancellorsville and wounded in action again at the Battle of the Wilderness on May 6, 1864. He was discharged on December 16, 1864. This Historical Data Systems printout will also be provided to the buyer.

The Pennsylvania 141st Infantry was composed of recruits from Bradford, Susquehanna, and Wayne counties. They saw their first serious action at the Battle of Chancellorsville, where the 141st Pennsylvania was heavily engaged, sustaining its chief losses in a desperate charge on the morning of the third day of the battle, where it fought with great courage and lost 235 killed, wounded, and missing out of 419 in action.

The regiment also saw action at Gettysburg on July 2 in position at the angle of Sickles’ line, on the right of the Peach Orchard, the most exposed part of the whole field. The 141st sustained fearful losses there. It went into action with 198 men, and 136 were killed, wounded, or missing, some 70 per cent of its numbers. In the ensuing Virginia campaigns, the 141st was engaged at Kelly’s Ford and Locust Grove.

They fought again the following year at the Battle of the Wilderness, where the 141st captured 50 prisoners and the colors of the 13th N. C. It was also fiercely engaged at the Po River and a few days later at the “bloody angle.” The 141st was first to plant its colors on the enemy’s works in a gallant charge at the North Anna River.

More severe fighting followed at Cold Harbor. By July 1 of 1864, the regiment had only seven of its 39 original officers. During the balance of the year, it was engaged at Deep Bottom, Strawberry Plains, and on the Weldon Railroad in both October and again in December.

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