78th Pennsylvania Infantry

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78th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry
Active October 15, 1861, to September 11, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Battle of Stones River
Tullahoma Campaign
Battle of Chickamauga
Siege of Chattanooga
Battle of Missionary Ridge
Atlanta Campaign
Battle of Resaca
Battle of Nashville

The 78th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 78th Pennsylvania Infantry was organized at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and mustered in for a three-year enlistment on October 12, 1861, under the command of Colonel William Sirwell.

The regiment was attached to Negley's 4th Brigade, McCook's Division, at Nolin, to November 1861. 7th Brigade, Army of the Ohio, to December 1861. 7th Brigade, 2nd Division, Army of the Ohio, to March 1862. Negley's Independent Brigade, Army of the Ohio, to August 1862. 7th Brigade, 8th Division, Army of the Ohio, to November 1862. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, Centre, Army of the Cumberland, to January 1863. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, XIV Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to October 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, XIV Corps, to July 1864. Unassigned, 4th Division, XX Corps, Department of the Cumberland, to October 1864. Garrison duty at Nashville, Tenn., to September 1865.

The 78th Pennsylvania Infantry mustered out of service on September 11, 1865.


The regiment lost a total of 267 men during service; 2 officers and 68 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 3 officers and 194 enlisted men died of disease.


  • Colonel William Sirwell
  • Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Blakeley - commanded at the battle of Chickamauga
  • Major Henry W. Torbett - commanded at the battle of Nashville

See also[edit]


  • Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion (Des Moines, IA: Dyer Pub. Co.), 1908.
  • Gancas, Ron. The Gallant Seventy Eighth, Stones River to Pickett's Mill: Colonel William Sirwell and the Pennsylvania Seventy Eighth Volunteer Infantry (Murrysville, PA: R. Gancas), 1994. ISBN 0-9644952-0-1
  • Gancas, Ron and Dan Coyle. Dear Teres: The Civil War Letters of Andrew Joseph Duff and Dennis Dugan of Company F, the Pennsylvania Seventy-Eighth Infantry (Butler, PA: Mechling Associates), 1999. ISBN 0-9644952-8-7
  • Gibson, Joseph Thompson. History of the Seventy-Eighth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (Pittsburgh, PA: Press of the Pittsburgh Print. Co.), 1905.
  • Lutzke, Mitch. The Life and Times of Kimber M. Snyder: A Soldier in the 78th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse), 2006. ISBN 1-4259-3466-8
  • This article contains text from a text now in the public domain: Dyer, Frederick H. (1908). A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Des Moines, IA: Dyer Publishing Co.

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