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    Casey’s Infantry Tactics Volume III Identified to Charles W. Mutchler, 187th Pennsylvania Infantry - Inventory Number:  HIS 143

    1862 edition of the third volume of Casey’s Infantry Tactics, printed by Van Nostrand of New York. The inside of the front cover bears the ink inscription “Chas. W. Mutchler Capt. Co. H. 187. P.V.” Charles W. Mutchler enlisted in May 1864 as a Captain in the 187th Pennsylvania Infantry. The regiment suffered heavy casualties during its baptism of fire as part of Joshua Chamberlain’s brigade during the assault on Rive’s Salient at Petersburg on June 18, 1864. The manual retains most of the pull-out diagrams and pages but has lost a few over the years. The binding is strong with areas of wear along the edges. The Mutchler family of Phillipsburg, New Jersey had more sons who served in the Civil War than any other family in America. Seven Brothers enlisted with the Union and one with the Confederacy. Sergeant William Mutchler of the 7th New Jersey Infantry was killed in action at the Battle of Williamsburg. The manual includes a folder with additional information on the Mutchler brothers. 


    One Hundred and Eighty-seventh Infantry. - Cols., John S. Schultze, John E. Parsons; Lieut.-Cols., Joseph E. Ramsey, John E. Parsons, Joseph A. Ege; Majs., George W. Merrick, David Z. Seipe. The nucleus of the 187th was the 1st battalion of six months' infantry, which was mustered in at Harrisburg from June 21 to July 8, 1863. The battalion performed guard and provost duty at different points in the state until the expiration of its term, when it was reorganized at Camp Curtin and recruited to a full regiment. It was mustered into the U. S. service from Feb. to May, 1864, for a three years' term. On May 19 it left for Washington and a week later started for the front, joining the Army of the Potomac on June 6. It was assigned to the 1st brigade, (Gen. Chamberlain) 1st division (Gen. Griffin) 5th corps, (Gen. Warren). It supported the 9th corps during the fighting of June 17 in front of Petersburg and was itself heavily engaged with its corps on the left the next day, when it lost one-tenth of its numbers and was complimented by Gen. Chamberlain for its gallantry. Maj. Merrick, commanding the regiment, lost a leg here. It was engaged in the trenches and on the fortifications before Petersburg until Aug. 18, when it moved with its corps upon the Weldon railroad and after severe fighting at Six-mile house it was engaged in the work of fortification until Sept. 22. It was then ordered to Philadelphia and employed in garrison and escort duty at Camp Cadwalader. During the funeral obsequies of President Lincoln it led the procession from the railway station to Independence Hall and guarded the remains while they lay in state. Together with the 1st City Troop it was then detailed to escort the remains back to the railroad. During the remainder of its service it performed guard and provost duty at various points in the state by detachments. It was mustered out at Harrisburg on Aug. 3, 1865. 

    Charles W. Mutchler - Enlisted on 5/11/1864 as a Captain. On 5/11/1864 he was commissioned into "H" Co. PA 187th Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 8/3/1865 at Harrisburg, PA. In 1900, lived in Wilkes-Barre, PA

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     Inventory Number:  HIS 143