Grouping of artifacts related to John R. Faust of the 207th Pennsylvania Infantry. Brass stencil bearing his name with stamped inscription beneath: "207th PA Vols." His original Eagle masthead discharge which was issued on May 31st, 1865 at Alexandria, Va from the regiment, his pension paperwork for his widow, Martha Foust to receive a pension of 8 dollars a month in 1905. It was increased to twelve in 1908, and a civilian ninth tin type plate of Faust. This lot was purchased at public auction in the 1980's and has been in the same collection until now.
John R. Foust-
Enlisted on 9/3/1864 as a Private.
On 9/3/1864 he mustered into "F" Co. PA 207th Infantry
PENNSYLVANIA TWO HUNDRED and SEVENTH INFANTRY (One Year)
Two Hundred and Seventh Infantry. - Col., Robert C. Cox; Lieut.-Col., W. W. S. Snoddy; Maj., Victor A. Elliott. This regiment, from the counties of Tioga, Clinton, Cumberland, Franklin, Lycoming, Bradford, York and Lancaster, rendezvoused at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, where it was mustered into the U.S. service during the latter part of August and the early part of Sept., 1864, for a one year's term. On Sept. 12 it left for the front and on the 16th reached City Point, Va., where it was assigned to picket duty with the army of the James on the Bermuda front. The enemy suddenly charged the picket line on the night of Nov. 17, and the regiment lost 2 killed and a number wounded in the sharp engagement which ensued. It was afterwards assigned to the 2nd brigade, 3d division, 9th corps, Army of the Potomac, and was stationed on the Army Line railroad, near Fort Prescott. It shared in the movement to Hatcher's run in Feb., 1865, but was not engaged. It was active at Fort Stedman on March 25, losing 1 killed and 16 wounded. On the morning of April 2 it was formed in line of battle immediately in front of Fort Sedgwick and joined in the final assault which carried the works of Petersburg, the 207th planting its colors on the fort which commanded the Jerusalem plank road, its losses being 37 killed, 140 wounded and 8 missing, a total of 185. Col. Mathews commanding the brigade, stated in his official report : "To Col. R. C. Cox, who commanded the leading regiment, I owe the entire good success that attended the charge. Foremost among those who scaled the enemy's works, cheering his men by his courage preparing them to meet the many charges of the enemy to retake the lines, and thus beating them back each time, with heavy losses in killed and wounded, he is deserving of the highest praise." With its division it was charged with keeping open the line of supply for the army along the South Side railroad. It advanced as far as Burkesville, where it halted, and the command was engaged in picket duty and guarding and paroling prisoners. After the surrender of Lee it returned to Alexandria, where it was mustered out on May 13, 1865, the recruits being transferred to the 51st Pa.
Inventory Number: GRO 020