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125th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

 
 
125th Pennsylvania Infantry Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
1. 125th Pennsylvania Infantry Monument
The statue on the monument depicts Sergeant George A. Simpson defending the colors.
Inscription. (Below Statue):
Color Sergeant
George A. Simpson
Killed at Antietam


(Front Plaque):
125th
Pennsylvania
Volunteer
Infantry
1st Brigade 1st Division
12th Corps
————
Recruited in Blair
Huntingdon and Cambria
Counties, Penna.


(Left Plaque):
Moved at early dawn from bivouac on farm of George Line to East Woods near point where Gen. J.K.F. Mansfield was mortally wounded, from there to support Monroe's First Rhode Island Battery on Smoketown Road, then to woods that stood here September 17, 1862. Was the first Union Regiment therein being far advanced and without sufficient support, it was outflanked by the enemy and retired behind batteries in field in rear and subsequently saved the guns of Monroe's Battery from capture. Remained in line until close of battle monument is near the left of its main line of battle.

Loss at Antietam
Killed and Died of
Front Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
2. Front Plaque
Wounds 54
Seriously Wounded 91
Slightly Wounded and Not Reported 84
Total 229
 
Erected 1904 by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
 
Location. 39° 28.514′ N, 77° 44.889′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Smoketown Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 125th Penna (here, next to this marker); Purnell Legion Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Longstreet's Command (a few steps from this marker); Walker's Division, Longstreet's Command (a few steps from this marker); 34th New York Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Jackson's Command (about 400
Left Side Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
3. Left Side Plaque
feet away, measured in a direct line); Beacon of Peace (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Jackson's Command (about 400 feet away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. 125th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Monument. National Park Service page detailing the monument. Note the photograph at the bottom of the page of the dedication ceremony. The flag used by those at the ceremony was the actual flag that Sergeant Simpson saved from capture during the battle. (Submitted on April 4, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 125th Pennsylvania Infantry, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, XII Corps. Only entering service a month prior to the battle, this green regiment was led by Col. Jacob Higgins. (Submitted on April 4, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Short Regimental History of the Regiment
State Crest on the Rear of the Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 29, 2008
4. State Crest on the Rear of the Monument
. The regiment would serve in two major battles: Antietam and Chancellorsville. It was mustered out in May 1863. (Submitted on April 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
125th Penn Vol Inf and Other Markers Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 11, 2011
5. 125th Penn Vol Inf and Other Markers
Closeup of Color Sergeant George A. Simpson Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 11, 2011
6. Closeup of Color Sergeant George A. Simpson
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,228 times since then and 129 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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