A study of the the Pennsylvania Emergency Militia, and the Keystone state's reaction to the threat of invasion during the Maryland Campaign of 1862, and the Gettysburg Campaign of 1863. As well as other historical thoughts and observations.
Pennsylvania's Emergency Men
Saturday, September 15, 2012
September 15, 1862: Byers' Independent Cavalry Co.
Clear, fine, hot-sun, extremely dusty. A large cavalcade of secesh prisoners and wagons captured by our army, or a portion of it, was brought into this place yesterday, creating a whirl of delight and rejoicing some 40 to 70 wagons and some 70 prisoners. They were put into the jail. At 2 1/2 to 3 P.M., our troop left Chambersburg for Greencastle, where we arrived at 5 1/2 to 6 P.M. We had considerable difficulty in getting our horses and men properly distributed into suitable quarters. A good deal of disatisfaction among the men, and justly so I though, that quarters had not been certainly and sure provided for all of them beforehand. J.B. Boyd and self stopt [sic] at Mrs. Kurikles, and an aunt of his wife, where we were treated very kindly. Got a good supper and good bed! Our horses were in the stable of a man named Haas, who had kept a livery, but had left the town with his horses for fear of the rebels.