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First company of volunteers from Carlisle, Pennsylvania leaves for training, equipment, and service

Borough of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1872, zoomable map
04/20/1861
The seventy-six men of the "Sumner Rifles," the first of four infantry companies recruited in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in April 1861 left the town for Camp Curtin near Harrisburg.  There, they were mustered in three days later as Company C of the Ninth Pennsylvania Reserve for three months service.  Uniformed and trained, they moved on to West Chester, Pennsylvania in early May.  The unit served in Delaware and around Washington before mustering out in Harrisburg on July 24, 1861 at the end of their service. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Samuel P. Bates, History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65 ...  (Harrisburg, PA: State of Pennsylvania, 1868), I: 86-88.
David G. Colwell, Bitter Fruits: The Civil War comes to a small town in Pennsylvania (Carlisle, PA: Cumberland County Historical Society, 1998), 38.

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