About Colonel William Rickards, Jr. (USA)
Colonel William Rickards, Jr. commanded the 29th Pennsylvania Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg.
The 29th Pennsylvania Infantry was also known as The Jackson Regiment. During the battle of Gettysburg, it served as a member of Kane’s Brigade in Geary’s Division of the Twelfth Corps, Army of the Potomac.
Commander: Col. William Rickards (1824-1900). Jewelry manufacturer in Philadelphia; wounded at First Winchester and at Lost Mountain. Became a dentist after the War.
Number Engaged: 485
Casualties: 15 killed, 43 wounded, 8 missing.
After Action Report: After Action Report of Col. William Rickards, Jr.
Regimental History ~ Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion:
Organized at Philadelphia July 1, 1861. Left State for Harper’s Ferry, W. Va., August 3. Attached to Gordon’s Brigade, Dept. of the Susquehanna, August, 1861. 3rd Brigade. Banks’ Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Banks’ 5th Corps, and Dept. of the Shenandoah to June, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Corps, Army of Virginia, to September, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to October, 1863, and Army of the Cumberland to April, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to June, 1865. Bartlett’s Division, 22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington, to July, 1865.
SERVICE.–Duty at Harper’s Ferry and on Upper Potomac until February, 1862. Operations about Dams 4 and 5 December 17-20, 1861. Advance on Winchester March 1-12. Occupation of Winchester March 12. Pursuit of Jackson up the Shenandoah Valley March 24-April 27. Woodstock April 1. Edenburg April 1-2. Stony Creek April 2. Operations in Shenandoah Valley May 15-June 17. Front Royal May 23 (Cos. “B” and “G”). Buckton Station May 23. Middletown and Newtown May 24. Retreat to Williamsport May 24-26. Battle of Winchester May 25. At Williamsport until June 10. Moved to Front Royal June 10-18; thence to Warrenton and Little Washington July 11-18. Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia August 6-September 2. Battle of Cedar Mountain August 9 (Reserve). Guarding trains during Bull Run Battles. Maryland Campaign September 6-24. Battle of Antietam, Md., September 16-17 (Provost and Rear Guard). Chambersburg, Pa., October 11. Duty at Maryland Heights until December. March to Fredericksburg, Va., December 10-16. Fairfax Station December 12. At Stafford Court House until April, 1863. “Mud March” January 20-24, 1863. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee July 5-24. Duty on line of the Rappahannock until September. Movement to Bridgeport, Ala., September 24-October 3. Reopening Tennessee River October 26-29. Battle of Wauhatchie, Tenn., October 28-29. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Battles of Lookout Mountain November 23-24; Mission Ridge November 25; Ringgold Gap, Taylor’s Ridge, November 27. Reenlisted December 10, 1863. Guard duty on Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad until April, 1864. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1-September 8. Demonstration on Rocky Faced Ridge and Dalton May 8-13. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Near Cassville May 19. New Hope Church May 25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 26-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Gilgal or Golgotha Church June 15. Muddy Creek June 17. Noyes Creek June 19. Kolb’s Farm June 22. Assault on Kenesaw Mountain June 27. Ruff’s Station or Smyrna Camp Ground July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Operations at Chattahoochie River Bridge August 26-September 2. Occupation of Atlanta September 2-November 15. Expedition to Tuckum’s Cross Roads October 26-29. Near Atlanta November 9. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Near Davidsboro November 28. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Battle of Bentonville, N. C., March 19-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 9-13. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett’s House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 20. Grand Review May 24. Duty in Dept. of Washington, D.C., until July. Mustered out July 11, 1865. Regiment lost during service 3 Officers and 99 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 84 Enlisted men by disease. Total 187.