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Maj Aaron Bright, Jr
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Birth: Feb. 8, 1838
Death: Sep. 27, 1872

Major, 88th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment

88th PA Regiment Co. B - Neversink Zouaves
Recruited in Berks County, Pennsylvania

Enlisted as a Corporal on 13 September 1861.
Enlisted in Company B, 88th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania on 13 Sep 1861.

Promoted to Sgt, 1 Nov 1862

Transfered to Company G, 1st Sgt. upon re-enlisted, 6, Feb 1864

Promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant on 20 Oct 1864.

Took Command of Company K on 23 Nov 1864

Promoted to Full Captain on 14 Dec 1864.

Took Command of the 88th Regiment on 05 Feb 1865

Promoted to Full Major on 6 Jun 1865.

No. 111. Report of Captain Aaron Bright, jr., Eighty-eighth Pennsylvania Infantry,* of operations February 5-10.

HDQRS. EIGHTY-EIGHTH PENNSYLVANIA VETERAN VOLS.,
February 14, 1865.

SIR: I have the honor to report the following as the part taken by this regiment during the movement upon the enemy, viz:

We moved from our camp on Jerusalem plank road on February 5, 1865, and at 6 p.m. arrived two miles to the left of Hatcher's Run; we formed line of battle and remained over night. Morning of February 6 marched at 4 o'clock, and crossed Hatcher's Run and laid in open field until 3 p.m. We recrossed Hatcher's Run, and moved in toward Dabney's Mill; formed line of battle and charged the enemy twice; gained and lost ground. We were fired into from the rear by Sixth Army Corps. We withdrew and lay over night. Morning, February 7, moved to the right, advanced and drove the enemy out of his first line of pits; we then formed heavy skirmish line and charged the enemy's main works twice, and were repulsed each time with heavy loss to regiment. We were then relieved by a part of Sixth Army Corps; we formed on their right and threw up works. February 8, 1865, moved out, recrossed Hatcher's Run, and lay over night. February 9, relieved the One hundred and seventh Pennsylvania Volunteers, of Third Brigade, on picket; remained on picket until 10th; we were relieved by a detachment from several regiments; we then marched to old camp on Jerusalem plank road.

The officers and men behaved nobly throughout the entire move, and in one or two instances deserve special mention. First Sergt. William Sands,* Company G; Color-Sergt. D. Devine, Company K, both displayed bravery unequaled throughout any engagement we were ever in.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

AARON BRIGHT, Jr.,

Captain, Commanding Regiment.

Lieutenant LEAVITT,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Aaron Bright (1809 - 1897)
  Maria S. Miller Bright (1809 - 1866)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary A Gehris Bright (1838 - 1910)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Jane Bright Plantz (1858 - 1905)*
  David Bright (1860 - 1872)*
  U Grant Bright (1864 - 1937)*
  George H Bright (1870 - 1872)*
 
 Siblings:
  Catharine Ab Bright Smith (1836 - 1910)*
  Aaron Bright (1838 - 1872)
  Michael Bright (1842 - 1915)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Lebanon Cemetery
Lebanon
Lebanon County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section N
 
Maintained by: Todd Leiss
Originally Created by: Bruce Speck
Record added: May 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37173701
Maj Aaron Bright, Jr
Added by: Bruce Speck
 
Maj Aaron Bright, Jr
Added by: Todd Leiss
 
Maj Aaron Bright, Jr
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Descendant of the 88th Pennsylvania
- Brenda Reilley Hun
 Added: Mar. 22, 2013
Descendants of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment
- Honoring Our Ancestors
 Added: Nov. 26, 2011
Enlisted Co. B, 9/13/1861, corporal; enlisted co. G 9/13/1861; promoted 1st Lt 10/20/1864; promoted full Major 6/6/1865; mustered out 7/10/65
- Neil D Scheidt
 Added: Aug. 18, 2011
 
 
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