The 90th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

Speaking at our Friday December 14th meeting, the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table is proud to have Colonel (Retired) Al Mackey talk to us about the trials and tribulations of “The 90th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg”. The presentation will follow the 90th Pennsylvania on its journey to the Battle of Gettysburg, discuss what the 90th did on those three fateful days and will include two famous stories surrounding the 90th at Gettysburg.

Originally from South Jersey, Al graduated from Virginia Tech with a BA in Political Science. While at VirginiaTech he took his first class in Civil War History from Prof. James I. Robertson. After graduation as a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force ROTC, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force.  While in the Air Force he earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and was a graduate of the USAF’s Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and Air War College. Some of the many positions Albert held were a B-52 Navigator-Bombardier, the Deputy Commander of Red Flag, the Air Force’s largest, most complex exercise involving military members from all four services as well as our NATO allies and later he became the Eighth Air Force’s Inspector General.

After serving for just under 28 years in the Air Force, Al retired as a Colonel and moved to this area in 2007 to be near Gettysburg, the Carlisle Barracks, and his family in New Jersey. Currently, Al is a Human Resources Manager with CEVA Logistics and writes a Civil War blog called “Student of the American Civil War.”

The Harrisburg Civil War Round Table meets at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center, Camp Hill, PA, Camp Hill Bypass @ Routes 11&15. An informal reception starts at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner at 6:45. The cost of dinner is $22.00 and reservations must be made no later than 9 PM Tuesday, December 11th, by calling 717-561-0613 or email The program begins at 8:00 PM and is free to the public.

Contact Tom Kerstetter at  717-574-5797.

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3 Responses to The 90th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

  1. Timothy M. Antosy says:

    Hi Scott. I just got done reading your book about Gordons attempt to capture the Wrightsville Bridge. I missed your tip with the First Defenders in October. I am a member of that organization. I was wondering. My girlfriend had three ancestors who fought with the 26th Emergency Regiment. Reading your book I saw that Company F was at the bridge. Her ancestors were in Company K. Do you have any idea of what happened to Company K. The reason I ask this is as I was reading your book you talk about various companies from the 26th and what happened to them. Someplace a while ago I had a copy of the captured members of the 26th and they were not listed with being captured. I was wondering if you had any idea. One other subject and this is very strange to me. My girlfriend also had a ancestor in Baxter’s Brigade. He was in the 88th Pa. Infantry. Hopefully you know that their Regimental historian was not at Gettysburg, Chanclorsville or Fredericksburg so to me as I visit their memorials at Gettysburg some make no sense. I don’t think it is a coincidence the there are only three monuments at the 1st Minnesota monument and they are all from Baxter’s Brigade of the First Corp. the 88th Pa. the 90th Pa and the 12th Mass. Again all in Baxter’s Brigade. That is one of the areas where I really believe things are very strange. It seems very strange to me that these three monuments are there, but they according to their histories never participated in the battle with the 1st Minnesota. As an example the 88th Monument just says that they stayed in that place the night of the second day even though we know that Baxter’s Brigade is credited with finding General Barksdale lying on the battlefield. Do you have any opinion on why those monuments would have been there. I just find it so stange that there would be monuments there only to make the place they were on the second night of the battle. Anyway thanks and I hope you have had a great holiday.,

    • Scott Mingus says:

      Thanks for the kind words on the book!

      Company K of the 26th was among that portion of the regiment which was defeated at Witmer Farm. Eighteen men from the company were taken prisoner, according to Jubal Early’s list of the prisoners he paroled the following morning at Hunterstown.

  2. My ancestor was in the 90th Pennsylvania volunteers and was killed at the battle of Weldon railroad also known as globe tavern. He was an officer he was second lieutenant James s bonsall.

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