138th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment

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Soldier's Notes


Private Elias N. Hartzell, Company G, enlisted in Adams County and was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness. He recuperated, but was killed at the Battle of Sailor’s Creek. He is buried at Evergreen Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Captain August G. Feather joined Company I in Norristown on August 4, 1862. He was 26 years old. He was present for all the 138th’s service until July 15, 1864, while on the march from Washington, Maryland to Poolesville, Maryland, he left the regiment “without authority”. Captain Feather returned on July 29th and participated in the regiment’s pursuit of Jubal Early until he was arrested on August 20th, convicted by a General Court Martial and dismissed on September 13, 1864. This Carte de Viste was probably made in September of 1862 when Company I reported to their first posting at the Relay House near Baltimore. (Courtesy of Amy Jones)

John H. Fisher joined as second lieutenant of Co I in Sellersville on August 9, 1862. He was 20. Lieutenant Fisher was present for all engagements until he was killed at the Wilderness on May 6, 1864. (Courtesy of Amy Jones)

Jonathan T. Rorer joined Company I as first lieutenant in Hatboro on August 4, 1862. He was 20. He participated in all the engagements of the regiment and was detailed as ADC to Colonel J. Warren Keifer, commanding 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, VI Corps, from May 7, 1864 until September 2, 1864 (he was probably sent back to command the company when Feather was arrested). He was promoted to Captain, Company I, on October 1, 1864, after Feather was dismissed. On the night of January 9, 1865, Rorer was returning to the regiment at Petersburg from leave when the steamer Georgeanna, which he was aboard, was struck by the oysterman John Walker. He was seriously injured, sent home to recuperate, but was never fit enough to resume his duties. He resigned on 4 April 4, 1865. Jonathan Rorer lived in West Chester (in “the drug business”) and Hatboro after the war. He never fully recovered and his doctor ordered him to Colorado for a more healthful climate. He and his wife did live there from 1892 until he died in 1895 from tuberculosis. He is buried in Ivy Hill Cemetery in Mount Airy, Philadelphia. (Courtesy of Amy Jones)

Captain Jonathan T. Rorer

Private John A. Strubinger of Abbotstown, Pennsylvania served in Company B from 16 August 1862 till the very end of the war. Please click this link to view photos of his Civil War documents.

Private John Cleaver, Company G, was wounded on May 5, 1864 at the Wilderness and returned to his company on October 18, 1864. He was again wounded (wrist gunshot) on October 19, 1864 at Cedar Creek and was discharged in June of 1865.


Private Howard W. Kann, Company G, was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness on May 5th, 1864.

Private Jacob A. Kitzmiller, Company B, was mustered on August 16, 1862, was wounded (lost his arm) at the Wilderness, and mustered out on a Surgeon's certificate dated September 20, 1864. He served with his brother John, who was killed at Cold Harbor, and two of his cousins, David abd Daniel Kitzmiller.

Private Chauncey A. Owen, Company F, joined the regiment at Harrisburg. He was wounded at Monocacy on July 9, 1864. After the war Chauncey and a partner established a freight company in St Joseph, Missouri and in 1875 he moved to the Indian Territory and was one of the first white residents in what is now Tulsa. He and his Creek Indian wife built the first hotel in Tulsa and another freight company.

Private Winfield Cover, Company B, enlisted August 7, 1862 in Company B (Gettysburg, Adams county) and mustered into the 138th Pennsylvania Volunteers at Camp Curtin on August 16, 1862. He was wounded in the left shoulder on May 6, 1864 in the Battle of the Wilderness. As a member of the 138th Regiment, he participated in the VI Corps breakthrough of the Petersburg defenses. On April 6, 1865, he was wounded in the left thigh at Sayler's Creek and admitted to Harewood Hospital on April 30, 1865. Winfield Cover was mustered out as a private with Company B on June 23, 1865.



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