Somerset in Somerset County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry
Mustered into service September 1, 1862, mustered out May 29, 1865
—“The love of country guides us” —
The 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Colonel Robert Parson Cummins, former Somerset County Sheriff, enrolled 935 officers and men in 1862. Companies C, D & F were raised in Somerset County. The regiment took part in over twenty engagements from the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 1862 to the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House in 1865. During two and one-half years of service the 142nd P.V.I. lost 140 killed and mortally wounded, 430 wounded, 158 captured or missing and 81 died of disease, a total loss of 809.
On the afternoon of July 1, 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Colonel Cummins was ordered to lead his regiment in a counterattack against an overwhelming force of North Carolinians on the east slope of McPherson's Ridge. Though the colonel's horse was shot from under him, he leapt to his feet and pointing his sword to the regimental colors shouted, “Rally round the flag!” Moments later he fell mortally wounded. The 142nd P.V.I. stubbornly withdrew to the grounds of the Lutheran Seminary before retiring to Cemetery Hill south of Gettysburg where they rallied among tombstones of the town cemetery. As part of the Union First Corps, the regiment's heroic actions at Gettysburg that day impeded the momentum of overwhelming Confederate attacks
This monument is presented to the county and dedicated to the memory of the 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry by descendants and friends. May we always remember their sacrifice for freedom.
Erected 2003 by Descendants and friends of the 142nd P.V.I.
Location. 40° 0.567′ N, 79° 4.674′ W. Marker is in Somerset, Pennsylvania, in Somerset County. Marker is on Union Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is on the south grounds of the Somerset County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Somerset PA 15501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Somerset County World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Somerset County World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Somerset County Korean War / Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Somerset County (within shouting distance of this marker); Adam Schneider Early Bible (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edgewood Aerie 1801 F.O.E. World War II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ankeny Square (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Somerset.
Also see . . . 142nd P.V.I. (Submitted on October 8, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,661 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 8, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 6. submitted on October 17, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.