215th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment

The 215th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (9th Union League) was an infantry regiment of the Union Army in the American Civil War. It was raised in Philadelphia close to the end of the war, and spent most of its slightly more than three months of service guarding Confederate prisoners while garrisoning Fort Delaware.

215th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (9th Union League)
Pennsylvania State Flag 1863 pubdomain.jpg
State Flag of Pennsylvania, circa 1863.
Active21 April – 31 July 1865
CountryUnited States of America
BranchUnion Army
Size1,117 (mustered in)


A newspaper recruiting advertisement for the regiment

The 1,117-strong 215th Pennsylvania Infantry was organized at Camp Cadwalader on 21 April 1865, with men from Philadelphia and the counties of Lancaster, Bucks, and Northampton, under the command of Regular Army officer Colonel Francis Wister, the last Pennsylvania regiment raised for the war.[1] Though most of the regiment was from Philadelphia, Company G was recruited at Easton in Northampton County.[2] It was raised by the Union League for a one year term of service to replace returning veteran units, and was also known as the 9th Union League Regiment.[3] The regiment left Philadelphia on 26 April.[4] After its organization, the regiment was sent to Dover, Delaware, and was split into detachments that served in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland on guard duty. The entire regiment was relocated to Fort Delaware in early June to guard Confederate prisoners and garrison the fort before being mustered out on 31 July.[5][6] During its service, eleven men of the regiment died of disease.[7]

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  1. ^ Hunt 2007, p. 177.
  2. ^ Heller 1920, p. 226.
  3. ^ Taylor 1913, pp. 197, 241.
  4. ^ Taylor 1913, pp. 312.
  5. ^ Bates 1871, p. 838.
  6. ^ Taylor 1913, p. 279.
  7. ^ Dyer 1908, p. 1626.


  • Bates, Samuel P. (1871). History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. V. Harrisburg: State Printer.
  • Dyer, Frederick H. (1908). A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Des Moines, IA: Dyer Publishing Company.
  • Heller, William J., ed. (1920). History of Northampton County [Pennsylvania] and the Grand Valley of the Lehigh. 1. Boston: American Historical Society.
  • Hunt, Roger D. (2007). Colonels in Blue: Union Army Colonels of the Civil War : the Mid-Atlantic States : Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books. ISBN 9780811702539.
  • Taylor, Frank H. (1913). Philadelphia in the Civil War. Philadelphia: City of Philadelphia.

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