104th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment

104th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment (HMFJ8)

Location: Doylestown, PA 18901 Bucks County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 18.669', W 75° 7.831'

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The "Ringgold Regiment"

To the memory of
the Officers and Men
of the
One Hundred and Fourth
Pennsylvania Regiment
who fell in the late war

"Their good swords rust,
and their steeds are dust,
but their souls are with the saints we trust."

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104th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers Infantry
The "Ringgold Regiment"

Completed in 1868 this monument was one of the first Civil War memorials in the nation.

In August 1861, W.W.H. Davis, a prominent Doylestown citizen, was authorized to raise a regiment to serve three years in the war. Camp Lacey was established on the outskirts of Doylestown to train and equip the volunteers. In November, the regiment of 1,049 men departed by train for Washington D.C., to become part of the Army of the Potomac.

In the Spring of 1862, the 104th embarked with the army for the Peninsular Campaign. In their first major battle, Fair Oaks-Seven Pines, they received the brunt of a Confederate attack, suffering heavy losses. During this action, Color Sgt. Hiram Pursell, despite suffering several wounds, gallantly rescued the regimental flags. For his act of bravery, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. This event inspired William Trego's painting, "The Rescue of the Colors".

In late 1862, the 104th was transferred further south serving in several campaigns including the siege of Charleston, S.C., and the attack on Fort Wagner. The battery for the famous "Swamp Angel" cannon used in the bombardment of Charleston was constructed by the regiment.

In 1864 after three years service, many 104th veterans reenlisted. The regiment was then sent to the Shenandoah Valley, where two companies were engaged in the Battle of Cedar Creek. Following that the 104th was sent to participate in the siege of Petersburg, VA. When Richmond fell in April 1865, the 104th occupied Petersburg.

The regiment was mustered out of the service on August 25, 1865.

REGIMENTAL LOSSES:
Killed in Action 46
Missing in Action 3
Taken Prisoner 62
Died in Service 104

Bucks County Civil War Round Table - 1997
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HM NumberHMFJ8
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Year Placed1867
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 6:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 488909 N 4462300
Decimal Degrees40.31115000, -75.13051667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 18.669', W 75° 7.831'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 18' 40.14" N, 75° 7' 49.86" W
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Area Code(s)215, 267, 717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 107-111 N Main St, Doylestown PA 18901, US
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