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Saturday March 16, 2024
Conshohocken St. Patrick Day Parade
Join us for a short march/Parade in honor of St Patrick Day.
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Saturday April 06, 2024
School Of the Soldier / Civillan Meeting (Heckler Plains)
Civilians and troops unite ! Attend this Important event for all ! Wipe the rust off or learn how to fall in company by line.
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Tuesday April 16, 2024
ZOOM Monthly Business metting
Check your inbox ~ The 71st is meeting via ZOOM to discuss upcoming events
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Friday April 26, 2024
Sunday April 28, 2024
Camp Geiger Re-enactment
First event of the year ! See the 71st burn powder and shine !
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Friday May 17, 2024
Sunday May 19, 2024
Peter Wentz Sanitary Fair & Civil War Weekend
Celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Great Central Sanitary Fair of Philadelphia, an event organized by the US Sanitary Commission to raise funds for soldiers’ aid during the Civil War!
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Cold Harbor

In the assault of the Second Corps at Cold Harbor, the regiment participated and here fought its last battle. The enemy occupied a strong position with a dense, almost impassable swamp in front. As it advanced through the mud and water, which at every step grew deeper, and over tangled underbrush, the artillery and sharp musketry fire of the enemy was directed upon it, striking down men at every step. As soon as the open ground was reached, the division charged boldly up the hill. A line was established close up to the enemy's works, and the men fell to fortifying. So close were the lines that a hat shown above the breast-works was quickly riddled with bullets.

While here, Colonel Smith, though still unable from his wounds to take the field, re-joined the corps. The term of service of the regiment had now expired. Accordingly, in pursuance of orders, the veterans and recruits were transferred to the Sixty-ninth, and withdrawing from the front line of breastworks, under cover of darkness, it moved to White House, and thence via Washington to Philadelphia.

Upon its arrival it was publicly received by the authorities, and escorted through the city by several military organizations. Of the twenty-two hundred who had stood in its ranks, only one hundred and fifty-three returned. It was mustered out of service on the 2d of July, 1864.

 

Source:

Bates, Samuel P. History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg, 1868-1871.