Roster: Field and Staff Officers, 47th Pennsylvania Volunteers

Good, Tilghman H. (“T. H.”)
Regimental Founder and Commanding Officer
Term of Service: 24 September 1861 – 24 September 1864 (expiration of term)
Rank In: Colonel and Regimental Commanding Officer
Rank Out: Colonel and Regimental Commanding Officer
Prior Service: Captain, Allen Rifles (prior to 1859 and from about 1859 – April 1861); Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer, 1st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (20 April 1861 – 27 July 1861)
Honors: Assigned by General John Milton Brannan to command the Third Brigade, U.S. Department of Key West during the Battle of Pocotaligo, South Carolina (21-23 October 1862). Garrison Commanding Officer, Fort Taylor, Key West and Fort Jefferson, Tortugas, Florida (18 November 1862 – 25 February 1864). Elected to the Pennsylvania State Legislature in 1858, he was also a three-time Mayor of the City of Allentown in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania after the war.

Gobin, John Peter Shindel
Alternate Presentation of Name: J. P. S. Gobin
Term of Service: 2 September 1861 – 9 January 1866 (mustered out with regiment)
Rank In: Captain, Company C (the “Sunbury Guards”)
Rank Out: Colonel and Regimental Commanding Officer
Prior Service: 1st Lieutenant, Company F (the “Sunbury Guards”), 11th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (23 April 1861 – 1 August 1861)
Honors: Promoted from leadership of Company C to rank of Major on regimental command staff, 24 July 1864. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and second in command of the regiment, 4 November 1864. Promoted to Colonel and Commanding Officer of the regiment, 24 January 1865. Breveted as Brigadier-General on 13 March 1865 for meritorious service; placed in command of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 19th U.S. Army Corps. In later life, elected to the Pennsylvania Senate, serving one term as President Pro Tempore. Elected as Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Alexander, George Warren (“G. W.”)
Term of Service: 24 September 1861 – 23 September 1864 (wounded in action during the Battle of Pleasant Hill; honorably mustered out upon expiration of term)
Rank In: Regimental Lieutenant Colonel
Rank Out: Regimental Lieutenant Colonel
Prior Service: Captain, Reading Artillerists (1857-1861); Captain, Company G, 1st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (20 April 1861 – 27 July 1861)
Honors/Service Distinctions: Commissioned as Second in Command of the 47th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry at beginning of term of service. Designated as the Commanding Officer of the 47th Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Battle of Pocotaligo, South Carolina (21-23 October 1862) while the 47th Pennsylvania’s normal C.O., Colonel Tilghman H. Good, was assigned by General John Milton Brannan to command the Third Brigade, U.S. Department of Key West. In December 1862, Lieutenant Colonel G. W. Alexander assumed command of Companies D, F, H and K of the 47th Pennsylvania, which were assigned to garrison Fort Jefferson, Tortugas, Florida per the orders of 47th Pennsylvania Commanding Officer Tilghman H. Good. Severely wounded in action (nearly fatally so with wounds to both legs) during the Battle of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana (9 April 1864).

Abbott, Charles William
Term of Service: 17 September 1861 – 25 December 1865 (mustered out with regiment)
Rank In: 1st Lieutenant, Company K
Rank Out: Regimental Lieutenant Colonel
Honors: Promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain of Company K 22 October 1862. Promoted from head of Company K to Lieutenant Colonel on central regimental staff 3 January 1865. Veteran Volunteer

Gausler, William H.
Alternate Spelling of Surname: Gansler
Term of Service: 24 September 1861 – 17 October 1864 (resignation/dismissal on 15 April 1864 per AGO Special Order 169; Honorable Discharge as ordered by President Abraham Lincoln in Special Order No. 350, 17 October 1864, which reversed the special order issued previously by the U.S. Office of the Adjutant General)
Rank In: Regimental Major
Rank Out: Regimental Major
Prior Service: Founder and Captain, Jordan Artillerists (1856 – 20 April 1861); Captain, Company I, 1st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (20 April 1861 – 27 July 1861)
Honors: Veteran Volunteer

Stuber, Levi (see also “Company I”)
Term of Service: 30 August 1861 – 25 December 1865 (mustered out with regiment)
Rank In: 1st Lieutenant, Company I
Rank Out: Regimental Major
Honors: Promoted to Captain of Company I on 1 August 1864. Promoted from head of Company I to Major on central regimental staff 22 May 1865. Assigned additional duties and title of Assistant Provost-Marshal, Headquarters, Military District of Charleston, Charleston South Carolina, August 1865. Veteran Volunteer

Fuller, Jr., James W.
Term of Service: 30 August 1861 – 9 January 1862 (resignation)
Rank In: Sergeant, Company F
Rank Out: 1st Lieutenant and Regimental Adjutant
Honors: Promoted from leadership role with Company F to 1st Lieutenant and Regimental Adjutant on central regimental staff 1 October 1861

Hangen, Washington Henry Rinehold (“W. H. R.”)
Alternate Given Names: Washington, William. Alternate Surname Spellings: Hangan, Hangen. Alternate Presentations of Name: W. H. R. Hangen, W. N. R. Hangen, Washington H. R. Hangen, William H. Hangen.
Term of Service: 13 December 1862 – June or July 1864 (served as Adjutant General of Key West; wounded in action during the Battle of Pocotaligo; served as Recruiting Officer for the regiment; dismissed 15 April 1864 by order of the U.S. War Department; discharged June or July 1864
Rank In: 1st Lieutenant and Regimental Adjutant
Honors/Service Distinctions: Appointed Adjutant General of Key West, Florida in February 1862 while the 47th Pennsylvania was stationed at Fort Taylor. Fell ill, and was confined to the post’s officers’ hospital 16 April 1862, where he remained until at least the end of that month. Severely wounded in the knee during the Battle of Pocotaligo, South Carolina 22 October 1862; narrowly avoided amputation; returned to service after significantly long treatment period, but in order to further his recuperation, was ordered back to Pennsylvania to serve on detached duty as Recruiting Officer for the 47th Pennsylvania at Camp Curtin in Harrisburg; fulfilled these duties from the time of his arrival on Christmas Eve (24 December) of 1862 through December 1863. Cited in 1862 for valor during the Battle of Pocotaligo in a memorandum to the U.S. Department of the South by Brigadier-General John M. Brannan as one of the officers from the 47th Pennsylvania “who rendered themselves specially worthy of notice by their bravery and praiseworthy conduct.” Dismissed from military service during the Union’s 1864 Red River Campaign across Louisiana “for cowardice in the actions of Sabine Cross Roads and Pleasant Hill on the 8th and 9th of April, and for having tendered their resignations while under such charges” (AGO Special Order No. 169, 6 May 1864). Officially discharged in June or July 1864. Remained in Louisiana, where he assisted with post-war Reconstruction efforts, including service as an Agent and Assistant Subassistant Commissioner with the U.S. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1866-1868

Hendricks, William McCullough
Alternate Middle Initial: “H”
Term of Service: 2 September 1861 – 9 May 1865 (resignation)
Rank In: Private, Company C (the “Sunbury Guards”)
Rank Out: Regimental 1st Lieutenant
Honors: Promoted from service as a Private with Company C to Sergeant Major on central regimental staff 17 September 1861. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant 1 September 1864. Veteran Volunteer (re-enlisted at Fort Taylor, Key West, Florida 12 October 1863)

Johnston, Washington Scott (“W. S.” or “W. Scott”)
Term of Service: 5 April 1863 – 25 December 1865 (mustered out with regiment)
Rank In: Private, Company E
Rank Out: 1st Lieutenant and Regimental Adjutant
Prior Service: Private, Company I, 5th Pennsylvania Militia (discharged 25 September 1862)
Honors: Promoted from service as Private with Company E to 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant on central regimental staff 1 September 1864. Veteran Volunteer (re-enlisted at Fort Taylor, Key West, Florida on 22 February 1864)

Ginkinger, William H. (“W. H.”)
Term of Service: 14 September 1861 – 25 December 1865 (mustered out with regiment)
Rank In: Private, Company B
Rank Out: Regimental Quartermaster
Prior Service: Member, Allen Rifles; Private, Company I, 1st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (April – July 1861)
Honors: Promoted from service as a Private with Company B to Commissary Sergeant on central regimental staff 14 September 1861. Promoted to Regimental Quartermaster 23 June 1865. Veteran Volunteer (re-enlisted at Fort Taylor, Key West, Florida on 5 January 1864)

Heebner, Francis Z.
Term of Service: 14 September 1861 – 1 June 1865 (expiration of term)
Rank In: Private, Company B
Rank Out: Regimental Quartermaster
Honors/Service Distinctions: Promoted from service as Private with Company B to Quartermaster on central regimental staff 20 January 1862. Held as a prisoner of war from October 1864 to March 1865. Veteran Volunteer

VanDyke, James C.
Alternate Spellings of Surname: Van Dyke, VanDyke, Vandyke
Term of Service: 2 September 1861 – 16 January 1862 (resignation)
Rank In: 1st Lieutenant, Company C (the “Sunbury Guards”)
Rank Out: Regimental Quartermaster
Honors: Enrolled for service at Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania on 19 August 1861; promoted from leadership role with Company C to Quartermaster on central regimental staff that same day (19 August 1861)

Martin, Charles H.
Term of Service: 1 March 1862 – 25 December 1865 (enrolled 1 March 1862 at Fort Taylor, Key West, Florida; mustered in on 30 March 1862 at Beaufort, South Carolina; mustered out with regiment on 25 December 1865)
Rank In: Private, Company B
Rank Out: Regimental Sergeant Major
Honors: Promoted from service as a Private with Company B to Sergeant Major on central regimental staff 1 September 1864. Veteran Volunteer (re-enlisted on 31 September 1865 at Stevenson, Virginia)

Bachman, Charles (See also “Company B”)
Alternate Spelling of Surname: Backman
Term of Service: 20 August 1861 – 25 December 1865 (wounded on 19 October 1864 during the Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia; mustered out with regiment)
Rank In: Private, Company B
Rank Out: Regimental Commissary Sergeant
Honors: Promoted to Corporal with Company B 6 November 1861. Promoted to Full Sergeant 1 August 1864. Promoted to Commissary Sergeant on central regimental staff 1 November 1865. Veteran Volunteer (re-enlisted at Fort Taylor, Key West, Florida 12 October 1863)

Beck, Jacob
Term of Service: 9 January 1862 – 25 December 1865 (mustered out with regiment)
Rank In: Private, Company A
Rank Out: Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant
Prior Service: Private, Company G, 9th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (24 April 1861 – 29 July 1861)
Honors: Promoted to Corporal 1 February 1862. Promoted from service as a Corporal with Company A to Quartermaster Sergeant on central regimental staff 1 March 1862

Hornbeck, Henry Jacob (“H. J.”)
Term of Service: 18 September 1862 – 1 June 1865 (discharged by General Order No. 53)
Rank In: Private, Company G
Rank Out: Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant
Honors: Promoted from service as a Private with Company G to Quartermaster Sergeant on central regimental staff 15 April 1864. Honorably discharged 1 June 1865 per General Order No. 53, issued by Headquarters of the U.S. Army’s Middle Military Division. Veteran Volunteer (re-enlisted at Fort Taylor, Key West, Florida 22 February 1864)

Small, Charles H.
Term of Service: 29 March 1863 – 25 December 1865 (mustered out with regiment)
Rank In: Private, Company H
Rank Out: Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant
Honors: Promoted from service as a Private with Company H to Quartermaster Sergeant on central regimental staff 2 June 1865

Wharton, Henry D. (“H. D. W.”)
Term of Service: 2 September 1861 – 12 October 1865 (Honorably Discharged by General Order of the U.S. War Department)
Rank In: Musician, Company C (the “Sunbury Guards”)
Rank Out: Regimental Commissary Sergeant
Prior Service: Musician, Company F (the “Sunbury Guards”), 11th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (23 April 1861 – 31 July 1861)
Honors/Service Distinctions: Promoted from service as a Musician/Private with Company C to Commissary Sergeant on central regimental staff 4 August 1865, Henry D. Wharton chronicled the exploits of the 11th and 47th Pennsylvania Volunteers throughout his terms of service (1861-1865) via letters to the Sunbury American newspaper in Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Veteran Volunteer (re-enlisted at Fort Taylor, Key West, Florida 12 October 1863)

Officers in Charge of Mental and Physical Care

Rodrock, William D. C.
Term of Service: 14 August 1861 – 25 December 1865 (mustered out with regiment)
Rank: Regimental Chaplain
Honors: Commissioned as Chaplain 31 October 1861. Veteran Volunteer (re-enlisted 18 September 1864)

Baily, Elisha W. (“E. W.”)
Term of Service: 24 September 1861 – 23 September 1864 (expiration of term; also see “Medical: Surgeons and Other Medical Personnel” section of this website)
Rank: Surgeon

Sturdevant, Samuel Barton (“Sam” or “S. B.”)
Term of Service: 1 March 1865 – 25 December 1865 (mustered out with regiment; also see “Medical: Surgeons and Other Medical Personnel” section of this website)
Rank: Surgeon
Prior Service: 139th Pennsylvania Infantry (11 February 1863 – 19 August 1864); Surgeon, 84th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers (19 August 1864 – 13 January 1865)

Adler, Lewis H.
Term of Service: 1 August 1862 – 27 September 1862 (resigned from service; also see “Medical: Surgeons and Other Medical Personnel” section of this website)
Rank: Assistant Surgeon

Reiber, William F.
Term of Service: 30 October 1862 – 23 January 1865 (resignation; also see “Medical: Surgeons and Other Medical Personnel” section of this website)
Rank: Assistant Surgeon

Scheetz, Jacob Henry (“J. H.”)
Term of Service: 24 September 1861 – 23 September 1864 (expiration of term; also see “Medical: Surgeons and Other Medical Personnel” section of this website)
Rank: Assistant Surgeon

Shindel, John Young
Alternate Spelling of Surname: Shindle
Term of Service: 25 February 1865 – 25 December 1865 (mustered out with regiment; also see “Medical: Surgeons and Other Medical Personnel” section of this website)
Rank: Assistant Surgeon

Weiland, Christian F. (“C. F.”; see also “Company K”)
Term of Service: 27 February 1864 – 25 December 1865 (mustered out with regiment; also see “Medical: Surgeons and Other Medical Personnel” section of this website)
Rank In: Private, Company K
Rank Out: Assistant Surgeon
Honors: Promoted from service as a Private with Company K to Assistant Surgeon with the central regimental staff 13 December 1864

Lindster, Emory
Occupation at the Time of Enlistment: Druggist
Term of Service: 24 August 1861 – 25 December 1865 (mustered out with regiment; also see “Medical: Surgeons and Other Medical Personnel” section of this website)
Rank In: Private Company F
Rank Out: Regimental Hospital Steward
Honors: Promoted from service as a Private with Company F to Hospital Steward on central regimental staff 25 August 1861. Veteran Volunteer (re-enlisted at Fort Taylor, Key West, Florida 18 December 1863)

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