Posted By:Thomas Elmore
Subject:Re: 74th PA, Company A, Sebastian Scheidt
Post Date:August 24, 2012 at 19:56:19
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At Gettysburg on the first day, 1 July 1863, the 74th was positioned to the right of the Mummasburg road in front of Dilger's Ohio Battery. It was forced back to Cemetery Hill; Colonel von Hartung was severely wounded whle in command of the skirmish line and Lieutenant Colonel Von Mitzel was captured. Out of 14 officers and 120 enlisted men engaged, on the first day the regiment had 1 officer and 6 men killed, 4 officers and 40 men wounded, and 52 men missing. On the second and third days, the regiment lost an additional 1 officer and 8 men killed, and 1 officer and 15 men wounded. Company A was recruited in Columbia and Wyoming counties. Company A casualties included Privates Adam Ickler (Ecker?) and Bernhard Schlenzig wounded, and John Sommer and Clemens Letzens missing. Also present was Otto Hartleben, who was born circa 1837 in the town of Osterwald, Kingdom of Hannover. The 74th was largely composed of men of German birth or parentage.