Many of the members of the 69th Pa
are dedicated to the study of the
unit's military history during the Civil
Each year History Bus Trips are
organized to trace the "footsteps" of
the irishregiment. These weekend
trips travel the roads marched by the
69th and walk their battlefields. The
trips often stop at gravesite locations
to honor the last resting plces of the
lads killed in the war.
The first trip traced the early years
of 1861 when the 69th was trained
and then sent by train to washington
DC to build Fort Ethan Allan. In the
winter of 1861-1862 the regiment
guarded the Potomac River west of
Washington. They occupied Harper's
Ferry and advanced on Winchester,
The second trip focused on the
Pennisular campaign of 1862 and the
Battle of Antietam. The tour visited
battlesites, landing spots and traced
the marching routes of the irish lads
as they advanced on Richmond.
The third trip focused on the 1863
Battles of Fredericksburg; the
Chancellorsville campaign and the
The fourth trip covered the
"Overland Campaign" of 1864.
Battlefields visited included
Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna
River & Cold Harbor.
Our most recent trip visited the
Petersburg siege and Appomattox
Contact Don Ernsberger for details
|One of the 69th Pa "Highways of History"
White Oak Swamp, Va
OUR PAST TRIPS
Don Ernsberger - coordinator