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 Lewis Philip Kershner

Lewis Philip Kershner

Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 22 Aug 1921 (aged 80)
Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Bernville, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 27765451 · View Source
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Civil War Veteran

Corporal Lewis P. Kershner

Company G, 151st Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment

Mustered in November 1, 1862
Captured at Gettysburg, Pa. on July 1, 1863.
Mustered out with company on July 28, 1863.

Company G (Bernville men)
151st Pennsylvania Infantry
1st Brigade Colonel Chapman Biddle, 3rd Division Brigadier General Thomas A. Rowley, 1st Corps Major General John F. Reynolds, Major General Abner Doubleday

The 151st Pennsylvania was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Colonel George Fisher McFarland

The heroism displayed by the One Hundred and Fifty-first in this battle, is unsurpassed; it went into the fight with twenty-one officers, and four hundred and sixty-six men.

Of these, two officers and sixty-six men were killed, twelve officers and one hundred and eighty-seven men were wounded, and one hundred were missing, an aggregate loss of three hundred and sixty-seven, upwards of seventy-five per cent.

July 1. Fought in the grove west of the
Theological Seminary.

July 2. In reserve on Cemetery Hill.

July 3. In position on left center and assisted in repulsing the charge of the enemy in the afternoon.

Lieutenant Colonel George F. McFarland

" I know not," says Colonel M'Farland in his official report, " how men could have fought more desperately, exhibited more coolness, or contested the field with more determined courage."'

General Abner Doubleday

"At Gettysburg," says General Doubleday, who commanded the First Corps, " they won, under the brave M'Farland, an imperishable fame. They defended the left front of the First Corps against vastly superior numbers; covered its retreat against the overwhelming masses of the enemy at the Seminary, west of the town, and enabled me, by their determined resistance, to withdraw the corps in comparative safety. This was on the first day. In the crowning charge of the third day of the battle, the shattered remnants of the One Hundred and Fifty-first Pennsylvania, with the Twentieth New York State Militia, flung themselves upon the front of the rebel column, and drove it from the shelter of a slashing in which it had taken shelter from a flank attack of the Vermont troops. I can never forget the services rendered me by this regiment, directed by the gallantry and genius of M'Farland. I believe they saved the First Corps, and were among the chief instruments to save the Army of the Potomac, and the country from unimaginable disaster."

Source: Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion Compiled and Arranged from Official Records of the Federal and Confederate Armies, Reports of he Adjutant Generals of the Several States, the Army Registers, and Other Reliable Documents and Sources.

Gravesite Details Reading Eagle - Aug 23, 1921




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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lewis Philip Kershner (6 Aug 1841–22 Aug 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27765451, citing Haags Cemetery, Bernville, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Jerry Fair (contributor 47065935) .