When in Gettysburg< PA make sure to visit the monument of the 49th PA Infantry Regiment. This unit was mustered and commanded by Colonel William H. Irwin . (Lewistown ,PA)
Interestingly Irwin (according to military history was a veteran of the Mexican war and was in Washington, a private in the ranks of the Logan Guards, when he was promoted to Colonel. )
History of the 49th Pennsylvania Volunteers Recruited in the counties of Centre, Chester, Huntingdon, Miffin and Juniata and organized at Lewistown and Harrisburg under Colonel William Irwin, Lieutenant Colonel William Brisbane and Major Thomas Hulings.Recritment for the companies took place in:
Company A – Centre county
Company B – Chestercounty
Company C – Huntingdon county
Company D – Huntingdon county
Company E – Mifflin county
Company F – Chestercounty
Company G – Centre county
Company H – Mifflin county
Company I – Juniata county
Company K – Mifflin county
The 49th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment lost 9 officers and 184 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 168 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. The unit saw action at
Yorktown, Williamsburg, Seven Days, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Marye’s Heights, Salem Heights, Gettysburg, Rappahannock Station, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Totopotomoy, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Winchester, Petersburg (Assault), Sailor’s Creek, Appomattox.
William H. Irwin Colonel July 25, 1861 Promoted to Brevet Brigadier General, May 12, 1865; resigned October 24, 1863.