79th PA Vol. Infantry
Battle Line Rd
Chickamauga National Battlefield Park
1894, George H. Mitchell, Architect
Photos courtesy of LCWRT Member John Davis,
and text courtesy of LCWRT Member Holly Jenkins-Evans
At 18' high, this monument has a two level base and a pedestal with inscribed panels. The bronze sculpture is of two infantrymen carrying a flag.
The 79th PA was organized in Lancaster, Pa. and therefore also known as the Lancaster Rifles. They mustered in on September 19, 1861 under Col. Henry A. Hambright and re-enlisted as Veteran Volunteers at Chattanooga, TN in 1864.
Their many actions as part of the 14th Corps and later the Ar
my of the Cumberland included Perryville, Stones River, the Tullahoma Campaign, Hoovers Gap, Chickamauga September, Siege and Battle of Chattanooga. After their re-enlistment, they participated in the Atlanta Campaign from Rocky Faced Ridge through to the Siege of Atlanta. Then Utoy Creek, Jonesboro and the March to the Sea. Then the Campaign of the Carolinas and the Battle of Bentonville, the Surrender of Johnston and his army. And finally on to the March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., for the Grand Review of the Armies May 24. They mustered out in July, 1865.
During the war, the regiment lost a total of 268 men during service; 4 officers and 118 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, while 1 officer and 145 enlisted men died of disease. Of the 390 men engaged at the Battle of Chickamauga, 137 were killed, wounded or missing.
79th Regiment Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry
2nd. Brigade, (Starkweather) 1st. Division, (Baird) 14th. Corps, (Thomas)
Colonel Henry A. Hambright, Commanding
This Regiment Held This Position From Early Sunday Morning September 20th,
Until Evening When Ordered to Retire