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    42nd Pennsylvania "Bucktails" and 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery "Cooper's Battery"

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    About the 42nd Pennsylvania

    Founded in 2015 the 42nd is the longest running Battalion in War of Rights, with the reputation to boot! Companies E and F, 2nd Battalion, 42nd Pennsylvania, are well-trained and -disciplined realism units for War of Rights. We hold events on Fridays and Saturdays for our EU F Company and events on Fridays, Saturdays and an optional Sunday for our NA E Company. Armed with Sharps breech-loading rifles, the battalion fights in both line and skirmish formations, as an homage to the historic unit's disregard for the rule book. Battalion officers hold a pool of knowledge and skills, and the NCO corps walks their own path of specialization. This winning combination creates a team able to train men in all forms of combat. Players are recruited from all across the community with a wide range of different abilities; all are welcome in the 42nd Pennsylvania as long as you keep to the rules

    All troops join the 42nd Pennsylvania as a Volunteer, the "Recruit" rank of our battalion. From there they have the ability to progress on to any rank, providing they make their stamp and show they have the skills needed, with myself having risen through the ranks all the way from Private to Major. Those looking to join must understand that though this is a game, we are a realism unit. This means a serious environment when conducting ourselves formally. Officers must be addressed as 'Sir' and NCOs by their formal rank. Despite this we aim to make the experience of those in the 42nd as enjoyable as possible, there is always a laugh to be found, a song to be sung, a joke to be made. Outside of events and other formal occasions a large amount of the RP will be ditched so as to make sure that the environment does not become suffocating. We have grown into quite a gaming community, with most of our members playing a multitude of other games with one another, from Among Us to Arma and we even host the odd film night.

    The Forty Second Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, also known as the the 13th Pennsylvania Reserve Regiment, 1st Pennsylvania Rifles, Kane's Rifles, or simply the "Bucktails," was a volunteer infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. It was a part of the famed Pennsylvania Reserve division in the Army of the Potomac for much of the early and middle parts of the war, and served in the Eastern Theater in a number of important battles, including Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg.

    The regiment first formed in April 1861, when Thomas L. Kane sought permission to raise a company of riflemen from among the hardy woodsmen of McKean County. Each man who came to the regiment's rendezvous point wore civilian clothes and a buck's tail in his hat-a symbol of his marksmanship.

    Indeed, the marksman test for joining the unit was unique at this early stage of the war. Most volunteers who joined the Union army did not have much proficiency with a weapon, let alone the newfangled rifled-muskets first introduced in the 1850s. The "Rifles" designation was a holdover from the days when soldiers who carried rifled weapons were a special outfit, and the Bucktails carried breech-loading Model 1859 Sharps Rifles, normally only issued to sharpshooters.

    The 42nd Pennsylvania was mustered at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on June 21, 1861. Thomas L. Kane was elected colonel, Charles John Biddle as lieutenant colonel, and Roy Stone as major. Kane, as a civilian, wanted to have Biddle, a Mexican War Veteran, be Colonel instead, and a second election was held, granting Kane his wish. The unit served as part of the Pennsylvania Reserves for the majority of its service with the Union Army.

    The 42nd were first assigned to garrison duty in Maryland. On July 12 a scouting party under Kane of sixty men were surrounded by cavalry at New Creek Village, but fought them off, killing eight Confederates and wounding sixteen. After receiving reinforcements, Kane moved to Ridgeville which he captured after a skirmish.

    In the fall, it was assigned to the V Corps of the Army of the Potomac, then serving in the Shenandoah Valley. On October 20, it marched to Dranesville, where Colonel Kane was wounded in the mouth while repulsing the Confederates. During a reorganisation of the regiment in January 1862, Hugh W. McNeil was elected Colonel and Kane Lieutenant Colonel, with Stone remaining Major. Biddle had resigned to take his place in Congress.

    During the Peninsula Campaign, the Pennsylvania Reserves division was assigned as part of the I Corps; only part of the regiment went to the Peninsula, Companies C, G, H, and I, under the command of Kane, remaining in the Valley. This provisional battalion fought in several battles of the 1862 Valley campaign. During the June 6th Battle of Harrisonburg, in an attempt to rescue a Captain Haines and his wounded men of the 1st New Jersey Cavalry, the regiment held off Steuart's Brigade, including the 44th Virginia Infantry, the 58th Virginia Infantry, the 1st Maryland Infantry, CSA, and a Louisiana regiment, for an hour, killing General Turner Ashby. Colonel Kane was captured in the retreat. They had lost 52 men, and Confederates had lost over 500.

    The other six companies went under Major Stone. During the retreat from Richmond, they lost company in a swamp, then fought at Gaines Mill. Two other companies were lost during the retreat. At the retreat to Harrison's Landing, Stone and his men constructed a bridge over a stream, possibly saving the Union army. Stone took command of a different regiment after this. In early September, the two battalions were re-united under the command of McNeil, who had been sick; the Pennsylvania Reserve Division, now designated as the Third Division of the I Corps of the Army of the Potomac. At Bull Run, Kane was promoted to Brigadier General for covering Pope's retreat. His position was filled by Edward Irvin. The new Major was Alanson Niles. The regiment suffered extreme losses at Antietam, including Colonel McNeill.

    The new commander was Charles Taylor, who had been captured twice by Confederates. They participated in the disastrous assault on Fredericksburg. Irwin resigned from injury, and Niles became Lieutenant Colonel. At Gettysburg, Niles was wounded, and Taylor was killed at Little Round Top, leaving Major Hartshorn in command. They then marched to Spotslyvania for their final battle. The regiment was mustered out of service on June 11, 1864. Those who had reenlisted as Veteran Volunteers were transferred to the 190th Pennsylvania.

    Killed and mortally wounded: 11 officers, 151 enlisted men
    Died of disease: 2 officers, 88 enlisted men
    Total: 13 officers, 239 enlisted men

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    We will be more then happy to answer any questions you have about us as a unit and even just who we are.

    Scheduled Events
    Company F + 1 Section
    Friday - Skirmish Event - 20:15 GMT
    Saturday- Drill - 19:00 GMT
    Saturday- Grand Campaign - 20:30 GMT

    Company E + 2 Section
    Friday - Skirmish Event - 21:00 EST
    Saturday- Skirmish Event - 20:00 EST
    Sunday - Optional Skirmish Event - 20:00 EST

    Battalion Event
    Last Saturday of Each Month - 22:00 GMT/17:00 EST
    The Grand Campaign and Land & Liberty Campaign (regular Saturday events) will still be running as optional.

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    2nd Battalion Headquarters

    Major: Ben Tindall.
    Sergeant Major: John Buford.

    Company Headquarters

    First Lieutenant: William Ranch.
    Officer Cadet: John Stuart.
    Officer Cadet: Jameson McGraw.
    Bugler: Ronnie Thieblemont.

    1st Section

    Sergeant: Daniel Blett.
    Private: Aidan Wright.
    Private: Peter Magnus.
    Private: Andrew Kimmel.
    Private: Nick Walker.
    Private: Open.

    Lance Corporal: Charles C. Nutting.
    Private: Henry Cooper.
    Private: John W. Leeman.
    Private: William Davis.
    Private: Open.
    Private: Open.
    2nd Section

    Sergeant: Viljam Sandmark.
    Private: Joe Nep.
    Private: Bob Nasimovich.
    Private: Jacob Crow.
    Private: Open.
    Private: Open.

    Corporal: William Rehr.
    Private: Joe Jenkins.
    Private: Chris Allen.
    Private: Patrick Corcoran.
    Private: Open.
    Private: Open.

    Company Headquarters

    Captian: Tyrick Hood.
    Bugler: William Sadowski.

    1st Platoon Command

    Second Lieutenant: Edward Killroy.
    Sergeant: Sam Jacobson.

    1st Section

    Corporal: Christian Hathaway.
    Private: Edward Teach.
    Private: Daniel Corbin.
    Private: James Cowan.
    Private: Nathaniel Leah.
    Private: William Toomey

    Corporal: Daniel Orcutt.
    Private: Dovan Williams.
    Private: John F. Dailey.
    Private: Wesley W. Barr.
    Private: John Yuengling.
    Private: William T. Gause.
    2nd Section

    Corporal: Kenneth Gaughan.
    Private: Ray Alvarez de la Mesa.
    Private: Freedom Freeman.
    Private: Hubert Kola.
    Private: George Cook.
    Private: Moses Rhoades.

    Corporal: Open.
    Private: Benette Mudford.
    Private: John Anderson.
    Private: John Connohan.
    Private: Nikola Steele.
    Private: Open.

    About the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery
    The 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Battery B, Coopers Battery, is a dedicated and well-trained fighting machine. Utilising cannon, both smoothbore and rifled, to the best of its ability, with a sole purpose to engage - destroy and defeat the enemies of the Union. We serve alongside the 42nd Pennsylvania as fellow units of the Pennsylvania Reserves, and provide them with the essential artillery support needed to win victory over the rebels in battle.Attending the same events as the other two Companies. Commissioned Officers across the battalion hold a large and varied pool of knowledge and skills, supported by the intellectual and well trained Non-Commissioned Officer team. This joining of two great teams creates a well-oiled organization able to train men in all forms of combat. Players are recruited from all across the community with varied abilities. The 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery welcome all who wish to enlist.

    The battery was organized at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and mustered in for a three-year enlistment on August 5, 1861 under the command of Captain Hezekiah Easton.
    The battery was attached to McCall's Pennsylvania Reserve Division, Army of the Potomac, to March 1862. Artillery, 2nd Division, I Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April 1862. Artillery, McCall's Division, Department of the Rappahannock, to June 1862. Artillery, 3rd Division, V Corps, Army of the Potomac, to August 1862. Artillery, 3rd Division, III Corps, Army of Virginia, to September 1862. Artillery, 3rd Division, I Corps, Army of the Potomac, to February 1863. Artillery, 3rd Division, IX Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April 1863. Artillery, 2nd Division, VII Corps, Department of Virginia, to July 1863. U.S. Forces, Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia, Department of Virginia and North Carolina, to January 1864. Artillery, Heckman's Division, XVIII Corps, Department of Virginia and North Carolina, to April 1864. Defences of Portsmouth, Virginia, Department of Virginia and North Carolina, to May 1864. District of Eastern Virginia, Department of Virginia and North Carolina, to July 1864. Artillery Brigade, X Corps, to October 1864. Artillery Brigade, XVIII Corps, to December 1864. Artillery Brigade, XXIV Corps, Department of Virginia, to July 1865.

    Battery B joined the Division of Pennsylvania Reserves on the 14th of August, 1861, at Tenallytown, and was assigned to the First Brigade General Reynolds commanding. Lieutenant Cadwalader was on picket with his section at Great Falls, in September, when the rebels fired on the troops guarding that point. The first death in the battery, that of private James M. M'Clurg, occurred on the 29th of September. Until the 11th of October, it was armed with four six-pounder James guns, when two of these were exchanged for four ten-pounder Parrots. That night it crossed the Potomac and joined the division at Camp Pierpont. On the 14th of October, private Frederick B. Leifet was killed, and private Alfred Phillips Severely wounded, by the accidental discharge of the musket of a member of Company E, Third Reserves, while on dress parade. On the 19th, the battery accompanied the first Brigade on reconnaissance beyond Dranesville. The First Brigade was lying at Difficult Creek when the battle of Dranesville, December 20th, commenced, and was immediately ordered to General Ord's assistance, but did not arrive until after the enemy had been repulsed.

    On the 25th of December, General M'Cellan, in compliance with the request of General Banks for a "good battery," directed General M'Call to send Battery B. This was protested against by Generals s M'Call and Reynolds and caused much dissatisfaction throughout the division. The battery was on duty at Seneca Falls and Edwards' Ferry until January 9th, 1862, when, at General M'Call's request, it was ordered to return to the division. After the return of the army to Alexandria, it was placed in the First Army Corps, General M'Dowell commanding. When the First Brigade crossed the Rappahannock, at Fredericksburg, May 26th, Battery B accompanied it. After its return, twenty men were detached from the infantry of the Reserves to fill the company to the number required for a six-gun battery.

    At the battle of Gettysburg, Battery B was in position, on the first of July, near the Seminary, but was driven back through the town. On the 2d a shot from a rebel twenty-pounder gun, immediately in front, exploded under one of the guns, killing privates Peter G.Hoagland and James H.M'Clleary and wounding Corporal Joseph Reed, and privates Jesse Temple and Daniel W. Taylor. On the 3d, it took the place of one of the Reserve Artillery Batteries, where it did good service. The next day it was ordered to Emmittsburg, where it was in position twenty-four hours. It then accompanied the army to the Rappahannock, where it remained on picket until the 10th of September. On the 11th and 12th of October, it covered the re-crossing of the army at Kelly's Ford, and then marched to Centreville, and from thence, by way of Haymarket, Thoroughfare Gap and Kelly's Ford, back to Brandy Station. On the 27th of November, it crossed the Rapidan at Culpepper Mine Ford, and the next morning was in position on the left of the pike, in full view of the enemy's entrenched line beyond Mine Bun, and compelled a rebel battery in advance of his works to withdraw, At eight' clock on the morning of the 30th, all the batteries along the line opened to attract the attention of the enemy from General Warren, who was to attack his right-wing.

    On the 15th of March, eighteen men, the number in excess of the maximum allowed a six-gun battery, were transferred to Battery I, a new battery then forming at Washington. When the enemy captured Forts Stedman and Haskell, the left section kept up a sharp fire on the forts in front. On the 28th,the caisson camp was moved up near the front line. About midnight of the1st of April, all the batteries received orders to open fire. After daylight the next morning, the firing was renewed, the gunners doing good execution. At the request of General Tidball, Captain M'Clelland, with Lieutenant Rice, took two detachments and worked the guns in one of the enemy's batteries which had been captured. About six hundred rounds, left by the rebels, were fired, besides a large number brought from the other line by the infantry. During the afternoon, the rebels made an attempt to re-capture the forts they had lost. The infantry disappeared, leaving Lieutenant Rice and his handful of men; but nothing daunted, they worked their guns with telling effect. Many of the men had never been under fire before, yet they all behaved well. Lieutenant Gardner, a very brave officer, was in command of the battery during the absence of Captain M'Clellan. Sergeant Isaac J. Grubb and Corporal Andrew J. Gilkey were killed in the rebel fort, and subsequently, when one of the sections in Fort Davis was ordered forward to Fort Wright, Corporal John W. Summers was mortally wounded. The next day the battery was ordered to City Point. On the 3d of May, it left for Washington, passing through Richmond. On the 3d of June, in obedience to orders, Captain M'Clelland turned the battery in at Washington and proceeded to Harrisburg, where it was mustered out on the 9th.

    Three hundred and thirty-four men were connected with the battery. The number of rounds of ammunition, of all kinds, expended during its four years of service, was over eleven thousand two hundred, (11,200.)

    Battery Headquarters

    Second Lieutenant: James Lyles.

    1st Section
    Sergeant: Archibald Mattis.

    1st Piece

    Corporal: Open.
    Private: Nathaniel Jackson.
    Private: Charles Vallance.
    Private: Open.
    2nd Piece

    Corporal: Devan Gladden.
    Private: Seth Keys.
    Private: Hans Gärtner.
    Private: Stanley Ironside.

    Total Battalion strength: 57.
    Officers: 7.
    NCO's: 11.
    Enlisted: 39.

    Last edited by Jasper1997; 10-03-2021 at 03:22 PM.

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    It is my pleasure to announce the following swathe of awards:

    To 1Lt. William Ranch and Cpl. William Rehr I present their 6th Service Stripes for a remarkable 6 years of active service in the Battalion. Both of these fine men are pillars of the 42nd, both having earned the Army Certificate of Merit, Rehr with Bar, for extraordinary contribution to the Battalion. I cannot thank them enough for everything they have done for us and congratulate them on their 6th year with us.

    Furthermore, I present myself (awkward) and Pvt. Nathaniel Jackson of Cooper's Battery with a 4th Service Stripe and accompanying Civil War Campaign Medal for 4 years active service in the Battalion. Jackson is also a bearer of an Army Certificate of Merit, having earned it for attending every single event for his unfaltering attendance, remarkably not missing an event for 6 months. As for myself, I exist?

    Additionally, I present SgtMaj. John Buford with his 3rd service stripe, for 3 years of active service in the Battalion. Buford's contribution to the order and integrity of the Battalion is vital to our everyday operation, his tireless efforts ensure that we continue to run as seamlessly as possible.

    It is also my pleasure to present Pvt.s John W. Leeman, Andrew Kimmel and LCpl. Nathaniel Leah with their first Service Stripe, for 1 year of active service in the Battalion. I look forward to many years to come with them.

    Finally, I would also like to present Cpl. John F. Dailey with his Recruitment Proficiency Medal in Bronze, for recruiting 5 Volunteers to the Battalion. It is the work of individuals such as he who help the Battalion to grow and thrive, we cannot thank him enough for it.

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