The Pennsylvania Bucktails
Signed by Colonel Irvin who was wounded at Gettysburg
8 1/4 x 11 1/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink.
Invoice of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores, turned over by Col. John Irvin, Comdg. 149 Pa. Vols. to Capt. John G. Batdorff, at Elmira, N.Y., on the 31st day of March 1865.
Itemized listing including Enfield rifle muskets, N.C.O. sword, bayonet scabbards, cap pouches, cartridge boxes, cartridge box plates, cartridge box belts, gun slings, waist belts and more.
I certify, That the above is a correct Invoice of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores turned over by me this 31st day of March, 1865, to Capt. John G. Batdorff, Comdg. John Irvin, Col. Comdg. 149 Pa. Vols.
Light age toning and wear.
John Irvin, was a 26 year old resident of Clearfield County, Pa., when he enlisted as a captain, on August 26, 1862, and was mustered into Co. B, 149th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was wounded and captured on July 1, 1863, in the battle of Gettysburg. Promoted to major, February 10, 1864; lieutenant colonel, February 21, 1864; colonel, February 21, 1865; mustered out of service, June 24, 1865, at Elmira, N.Y.
The 149th Pennsylvania Infantry, known as the 2nd Bucktails, fought at Chancellosville, Gettysburg, in the Bristoe, Mine Run and Rapidan campaigns, in the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. They ended the war guarding Confederate prisoners at Elmira, N.Y. Very desirable regiment.
The 149th Pennsylvania Infantry at Gettysburg:
The regiment arrived on the Gettysburg battlefield at 11 o'clock a. m. on the first day of the battle, July 1, 1863, and at once went into position on the ridge in front of the Lutheran Seminary, near the Chambersburg Pike. It maintained its position with great heroism throughout the first day until the whole line retreated through the town. Its heaviest losses were sustained in the fierce fighting of this day, though it was fearfully exposed during the great artillery duel of the third day. It lost 53 killed, 172 wounded and 111 captured or missing, a total of 336. Among the severely wounded were Colonel Roy Stone, commanding the brigade, and Lieutenant Colonel Walton Dwight, commanding the regiment.