172nd Regiment Infantry

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Robert K. Gaston--Headstone states he was in the 172nd PAV, but there are no records for him.  Need more information.

Organized at Harrisburg October 27 to November 29, 1862. Moved to Washington, D.C., December 2; thence to Newport News. Va., December 4, and to Yorktown, Va., December 12. Unassigned, Yorktown, Va., 4th. Corps, Dept. of Virginia, to April, 1863. West's Advance Brigade, 4th Corps, Dept. of Virginia, to June, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 4th Corps, to July, 1863. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 11th Corps, Army of the Potomac, to August, 1863.

SERVICE.--Garrison duty at Yorktown, Va., until June, 1863. Dix's Peninsula Campaign June 27-July 7. Ordered to Washington, D.C., July 9. Join Army of the Potomac at Hagerstown, Md., July 14. Pursuit of Lee to Williamsport, Md. March to Warrenton Junction, Va., July 19-25, 1863. Ordered to Harrisburg, Pa., and mustered out August 1, 1863.

Regiment lost during service 13 by disease.

This regiment was principally from the counties of Snyder, and Northumberland, with detachments from Clearfield, Elk, M'Kean, Union, Montour, and Butler. It was organized at Camp Curtin, during the month of November, 1862, with the following field officers:
Colonel Kleckner had served as Lieutenant in the Forty-eighth Regiment. On the 2d of December, the regiment proceeded to Washington, and after a halt of two days, moved by transports to Newport News. It remained for a week, busily engaged in drill, at the end of which it marched to Yorktown, and relieved the Fifty-second Pennsylvania at; the fort. Here it was soon settled in quarters, and here it spent the greater part of its term of service. The troops were kept employed in garrison duty, and drill in infantry, light and heavy artillery practice.

Early in July, 1863, it was ordered to Washington, and thence proceeded to Hagerstown, Maryland, where it was attached to the Eleventh Corps. It joined in pursuit of the rebel army to Williamsport, and after the escape of the enemy across the Potomac, marched with the Eleventh Corps to Warrenton Junction. Its term of service had now expired, anid returning to Harrisburg, it was mustered out on the 1st of August.

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