Donne enlisted in September 1861 into Company G, 48th PA. He stood 5'9" in height, had blue eyes and light hair. His occupation was listed as "Roller," and his hometown was Mechanicsburg, PA. Donne served throughout the four years of the war, advancing to the rank of sergeant, and was mustered out as a "Veteran" on July 17, 1865.
Twenty-four-year-old Theodore Pletz, a tailor from the small town of Middleport, was mustered in as a corporal in Company I, 48th PA in the summer of 1861. He was wounded and listed as Missing In Action at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run in August 1862. Pletz did find his way back to the regiment, and was mustered out as a "Veteran" in the summer of 1865.
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As I continue to update this blog every week or so, I hope to continue telling the story of the 48th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry one soldier, and one post at a time. . .
If anyone has photographs of soldiers who served in the 48th PA and would like to share, and perhaps see them featured in an upcoming "Profiles" piece, please send me a line. . .