Joseph Gould

A Look Inside The Story of Pennsylvania’s The Forty-Eighth Regiment

One of our newest collections, The Civil War Part VI: Northeast Regimental Histories, contains extensive documentation and photographs from various regiments and other military organizations spanning the Civil War years and the decades to follow.

This is a look inside one of  the the twenty volumes in this full-text searchable collection.

The Story of The Forty-Eighth

A Record of the Campaigns of the Forty-Eighth Regiment Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry during the four eventful years of its service in the war for the preservation of the Union by late Quartermaster Sergeant of the Regiment, Mt. Carmel, Pa.

The Preface

In compiling this volume the author has had access to many sources of information: his own and other private diaries, prepared in camp, when the events were fresh, at the close of a day’s march, or after a battle; General Orders; Official Records of the War; historical references; extracts from articles culled from the Century and other magazines, giving reminiscences of officers on both sides of the conflict; biographies and auto-biographies of General Officers; original articles by members of the Organization; the Official Report of Colonel Henry Pleasants, whose fertile brain conceived, engineered, and successfully exploded the Mine at Petersburg, that splendid operation that has given the Regiment a unique distinction, not enjoyed by any other organization in the Army of the Potomac; and last, but not least, the “Memorial of the Patriotism of Schuylkill County,” compiled and published by Francis B. Wallace, associate editor of the Miners’ Journal, in 1865, from the files of that paper during the war.

In the preparation of this work, which has required much labor and research, some slight error or misstatement of fact may have crept in; if such be found, let the reader be not too critical or severe, but remember that the events herein portrayed occurred over forty-two years ago. The object has been, in a general way, to add to the history of those stirring times the story of a Regiment proud of its achievements and inspired by the hope that its record shall not be forgotten when taps shall have been sounded over the resting place of the last survivor, but that the youth of the land who may perchance read its history may emulate its deeds by similar patriotic service should their country call them to do battle for its preservation or in defense of its flag.

The author extends his thanks to all those who have aided him with their advice or labor. Especially is he under obligation to the editors of the Miners’ Journal, who so kindly placed the files of their paper at his disposal; to Sergeant P. H. Monaghan, of Company F, and Robert A. Reid, of Company G, for original articles descriptive of some special operation observed by them; to Color Sergeant, Samuel Beddall, of Company E, Sergeant Daniel Donne, of Company G, and Captain F. D. Koch, of Company I; and especially to Sergeant William J. Wells, of Company F, for several original articles and for his valuable services in preparing and editing the work.

Joseph Gould,
Late Quartermaster Sergeant, 48th Regiment, P.V.V.I.

Table of Contents

  • Front Matter — The Story of The Forty-Eighth by Joseph Gould Philadelphia
  • Chapter I — Formation of the Regiment
  • Chapter II — Our First Camp—On to the Front
  • Chapter III — The Hatteras Expedition and the Affair of Newberne
  • Chapter IV — Return to Virginia—Pope’s Campaign
  • Chapter V — Second Bull Run
  • Chapter VI — South Mountain and Antietam
  • Chapter VII — The Fredericksburg Campaign
  • Chapter VIII — With Burnside to Lexington, Kentucky
  • Chapter IX — The Tennessee Campaign
  • Chapter X — Re-enlistment and a Visit Home
  • Chapter XI — The Reorganization of the Forty-Eighth Regiment
  • Chapter XII — With the Army of the Potomac
  • Chapter XIII — In Front of Petersburg
  • Chapter XIV — The Petersburg Mine
  • Chapter XV — The Explosion and Its Results
  • Chapter XVI — Later Incidents and Operations Around Petersburg
  • Chapter XVII — The Assault on Fort Mahone
  • Chapter XVIII — The Fall of Petersburg and the End of the War
  • Addenda
  • Our Dead
  • Roster
  • Itinerary

List of Illustrations

  • Joe Gould
  • Brigadier-General James Nagle
  • Major-General A E. Burnside
  • Major Daniel Nagle
  • Captain Philip Nagle
  • John D. Bertolette
  • General Jesse L. Reno
  • South Mountain, Md.
  • Burnside’s Bridge at Antietam
  • Col. J. K. Sigfried
  • Sergt. Wm. J. Wells
  • Ninth Army Corps Crossing the Rappahannock
  • David Griffiths, Co. F.
  • Two Minnie Bullets
  • General Robert B. Potter
  • Sergt. William J. Wells, Co. F
  • Colonel Henry Pleasants
  • Major Jos. A. Gilmour
  • Picket Station, Petersburg
  • The James River
  • Richmond and Petersburg
  • Sergt. P. H. Monaghan, Co. F
  • Captain Joseph H. Hoskings, Co. F
  • Diagram of Mines
  • Lieut. Douty, Co. K
  • In Front of Petersburg
  • Between the Lines, Petersburg
  • Reservoir Hill, Petersburg
  • Petersburg, Va., Looking Towards Reservoir Hill
  • The Crater Immediately After the Assault
  • The Crater Occupied by Confederates After the Assault
  • Diagram of Crater
  • 2nd Lieut. Harry Reese, Co. F


  • Earthworks, Front of Petersburg, Va.
  • Col. Geo. W. Gowen
  • Field and Staff at Alexandria, Va., June, 1865
  • Regimental Colors at Muster Out, July, 1865
  • Philip Ledrick, Co. D — Levi Nagle, Reg. Band — Abraham Nagle, Drum Major — James May, 1st Lieut., Co. E
  • R. A. Reid, Co. G
  • Captain Cyrus Scheetz, Co. G
  • John Lawrence, Musician, Co. F — John P. Hodgson, Co. G — David P. Brown, Co. G — Sergt. Henry Shay, Co. H
  • Captain William Winlack, Co. E
  • George Farne, Sergt. Major and Lieut.
  • Major Frank R. Leib, Chairman Monument Committee
  • Henry Krebs, Q. M. Sergt.
  • Henry James, Ist Lieut., Co. F — Alexander Goven, Co. G — Daniel Doone, Co. G — S. A. Beddall, Co. E
  • Mine Entrance, Petersburg After Forty-two Years
  • Major Oliver C. Bosbyshell
  • Monument Erected by the Commonwealth of Penna.
  • Survivors at the Dedication of the Monument at Antietam
  • Regimental Monument at Petersburg, Va.
  • The Monument Committee at Petersburg, Va.
  • Miss Bessie Reed and Mrs. Otelia Mahone McGill
  • The Marker at the Crater, Petersburg, Va.


About the Northeast Regimental Histories Collection

These valuable research sources offer unique perspectives on the Civil War. They provide details on the organization and achievements of particular units, including such items as regimental rosters, transportation documents, honor rolls and casualty statistics and promotion and court martial documents.

The vast majority were written in the thirty-five years between the end of the war and the end of the Nineteenth Century. Most were written by unit veterans, and often by the regimental chaplains, primarily as a service chronicle for regiment members.

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