June 10, 2007
On June 9, 1908, Philip Webster applied for a pension for his service and injury as a member of the 4th Regiment United States Colored Company C during the Civil War. He was born May 2, 1838, to Moses and Diana Webster and worked as a stonemason before joining the Army. After volunteering for Maryland's first African-American regiment in 1863, he saw action with the regiment, which earned commendations for bravery and efficiency. The regiment suffered heavy casualties during the capture of Fort Fisher, N.C., fighting through a storm and strong counterattack.
May 26, 2007
Another wave of hundreds of Maryland's citizen-soldiers bade farewell to loved ones yesterday, bound for training and then deployment in Iraq for the next year. The send-off of 640 state National Guardsmen represents about half of the roughly 1,300 called up last month for combat duty overseas. The mobilization order roughly quadruples the number of guardsmen from the state who will be deployed overseas. The deployment is drawn from the Guard's famed 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment, one of the oldest regiments in the Army.
July 22, 2006
As of Thursday, at least 2,557 members of the U.S. military have died since the Iraq war began in March 2003. Identifications Lance Cpl. Geofrey R. Cayer, 20, Fitchburg, Mass.; died Tuesday in Anbar province during a nonhostile incident; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Sgt. Mark R. Vecchione, 25, Tucson, Ariz.; died Tuesday in Ramadi when an explosive detonated near his vehicle; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany.
December 18, 2005
Dec. 17 1835: Colonel Smith dies During the War of 1812, Harford County citizens furnished men and materials for the promotion of the war. Col. William Smith was commander of the Harford Regiment known as the 42nd Maryland Militia. The 42nd was organized in the lower section of the county around 1813 and existed for 12 years. The regiment drilled on Patterson's Old Fields on the road from Havre de Grace to Bush. On July 14, 1814, a detachment of four companies of the 42nd was called out for duty.
June 26, 2005
On the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, at Pickett's Charge, two Vermont regiments from Brig. Gen. George J. Stannard's 2nd Vermont Brigade helped break the charge. The 13th and 16th Vermont Infantry Regiments turned toward the exposed Confederate advance and dispensed point-blank fire into Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett's flank, according to George R. Stewart and his book, Pickett's Charge: A microhistory of the final attack at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863, published in 1959. "Now the long months of tedious close-order drill suddenly paid off for the Vermonters," wrote Stewart.
February 27, 2005
The battle of Dabney's Mills, Va., on Feb. 6, 1865, was fought by the 1st Maryland Infantry Regiment. Company G of the regiment had men enrolled from Baltimore, Carroll and Frederick counties. Among them was John W. Breshears, who enlisted Feb. 1, 1864. His rank is listed as "Musician." Source: From History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-5, prepared under the Authority of the General Assembly of Maryland by L. Allison Wilmer, J. H. Jarrett and Geo. W. F. Vernon, State Commissioners, 1898, Vol 1, pages 14 and 52.