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6th Heavy Artillery

212th Regiment Penna Vol.










History of the 6th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery / 212th Pennsylvania of the Line

The number of troops recruited for the Fifth Artillery, Two Hundred and Four of the line, being largely in excess of the standard for a single regiment, it was determined to organize a Sixth for similar duty. The men composing the latter, were principally from the counties of Allegheny, Butler, Westmoreland, Fayette, Washington, and Lawrence, and were organized at Camp Reynolds, near Pittsburgh, on the 15th of September, 1864, with the following field officers: Charles Barnes, Colonel; Joseph B. Copeland, Lieutenant Colonel; Robert H. Long, Joseph R. Kemp, and Frank H. White, Majors. 

Two days after its organization, it moved for Washington, and upon its arrival, was assigned to the Second Brigade of DeRussy's Division, which was garrisoning the defenses of the Capital. On the 29th, the regiment was detached from the division, and ordered to duty in guarding the portion of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, lying between Alexandria and Manassas, the several companies stationed at intervals along the line, with headquarters at Fairfax Court House. Over this road, supplies for Sheridan's army were transported, and the regiment was charged with keeping open the part entrusted to it. It was an enemy's country, and infested with roving bands, military and civilian upon occasion, and to guard against surprise, and to be at all points superior to an attacking force, requiring incessant watchfulness and skill in the disposition and handling of the guards. Colonel Barnes was an experienced infantry officer, having served in the Ninth Reserve, and nearly all of both officers and men had been previously in the army. 

The discipline which had thus been acquired, now served a most important purpose; for it was only by the strictest attention to duty, and the exercise of sound discretion, that the wily and watchful enemy could be kept at bay. To go outside the lines, was almost certain death. On one occasion, three soldiers who had chanced thus to go, were fired upon by parties in ambush, and wounded, when, rushing up from their covert, the inhuman wretches stood with pistols in hand, over the bodies of the victims weltering in their blood, and fired into their breasts until they were quite dead.

About the middle of November-Sheridan having, in the meantime, cleared the Shenandoah Valley of the foe-this line of railway was abandoned, and the regiment was ordered back to the defenses of Washington, being posted at Ft. Marcy, Ward, Craig, Reno, Albany, Lyon, and others. Previous to this time, it had been armed and drilled as infantry.

It was now instructed in heavy artillery service. Captain Gustavus L. Braun, who had served as an officer in the Second Artillery regiment, was appointed drill master, and under the strict discipline enforced by its Colonel, it soon became proficient like wise in this arm of the service. During the winter, and until a period was put to the war by the victorious armies of Grant and Sherman, it remained on duty in the forts covering the Capital. On the 13th of June 1865, it was mustered out of service at Fort Ethan Allen, and returning to Camp Reynolds, was, on the 17th, finally disbanded. Subsequently, Colonel Barnes, "for meritorious conduct during the entire war,' was brevetted a Brigadier General.

"History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, Vol. , Pg 771-772" - Samuel Bates


Muster List for Company G


Frank H. White, Charles F. Hadly,


First Lt.

Alfred W. Kredel. John A. Irwin,


Second Lt.

John Hoedel, William C. Brown


First Sergeant

Henry Grove


Quarter Master Sergeant

Thomas Kerr



Elijah Newman John Beitler, Samuel Belfore, George H. Robinson,

John Lohrman, Christian Rhein


Christian Becket, Herman Engle, Henry Rieck, E. F. A. Heastings,

George F. Semon, Robert B. Allen, Thomas Dougherty, Adam Stork,

Edward Stubbs, Charles Caldwell, Fred. Olnhausen, Sebastian Kam,

Daniel Duffy,



Frederick Dunheim, Charles Geisberger, William Lehman, John Rost,



Thomas Archibald, Charles Arnold, Wm. H. Anderson, Lewis Armstrong,

John Bottles, Alexander Berberick, Elijah Boles, William J. Bain,

William Beggs, Henry Bambach, Milton S. Barnes, John Burger, John Born,

Jacob Bupp, Henry Brehm, John T. Brown, George W. Brown, 

Bennington C. Crow, William J. Crow, A. B. Cunningham, Arthur Colville,

James W. Colville, Patrick Cuff, Joseph Chitry, John Dean, Jerem Dougherty,

 Simon Dreves, Albert Dischner, Ferdinand Erk, Rhody Evans, George Ewing,

Valentine Elm, Conrad Fehr, John J. Ford, Samuel Ferguson, Thomas F. Ferguson,

James Gamble, John P. Green, Christian Goeltz, John Gosmond, John Gnoll,

Gottleib Grater, Edward Griffith, John Griffith, Thomas Gardiner, James Green,

Leverin Heninger, George Heckman, Richard Hilliard, Philli't Hugunine,

Henry Harmier, Abraham J. Hall, Cornelius Henne, George W. Harknew,

Robert L. Johnson, John Koemer, George Kutterle, Emil Kalkhoff,

Alexander Kearnes, Philip Knipp, J ohn Keip, William Kerschenhaus,

C. Lauderbough, John V. Link, John Landman, John Lener,

Charles Lapp, Thomas Logue, Isaiah Lawver, Patrick Lynch,

William Mack, Samuel Mack, Robert Magill, Henry Mentle, Matthias Mason,

Jacob Minck, James McConomy, John J. McKelvey, Andrew C. McDonald,

Patrick McDennit, James McKee, Hugh McAfee, Edward New, Jacob Newmier, 

Edward S. Norton, Richard Norris, Archbald Paul, John Pfeifer, Jesse Price,

Leslie Patton,J oseph Phillips, John Prothers, John Pulfer, George Quigg,

Frederick Quigg, Robert Reed, Moses Rupp, James Roberts, John Rechter,

Jacob Rosenkrantz, John Ritter, Thad's Remington, David Richie, George Smith,

 George Schremp, William H. Stauffer, Edward J. Skees, Albert Stake,

Henry Schauer, Daniel Smithers, Andrew Schutz, Aloysius Sauerbier,

William D. Sanders, Henry Seitz, Archibald Sproul ,John B. Smith,

Charles Stadleman, Joseph F. Schmidt, Augustus Sine, Louis Solomon,

Patrick Turney, Daniel Townsend, Frank E. Wells, Jacob Walrath,

William Wickline, John Wilkison, William J. Warden, Frederick Wasmond, 

Julius Wolff, Emanuel Wagner, James Welsh, Joseph Wohnaus,

B. Weitershausen, John Wheeler, Ephraim Watkins


Sources: "History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, Vol. V, Pg 786-789" - Samuel Bates and "Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, in the war for the suppression of the rebellion, 1861-1865", Soldiers and Sailors Hall, Pittsburgh, Pa. Book



Descendants Family Members

Eleazer F. A. Heastings, Corporal  

(Great Uncle of C. McAllister, Great Great Uncle of Nora Guckert)

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 8, 1839, to E. H. Heastings and Harriet Peebles.

He married Sarah Dowing on July 19, 1860  at Pittsburgh, Pa. By Rev. A. M. Stewart.

Enlistment information: Battery G, 6 Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery

Age 25, Occupation Machinist, Enlisted on August 26, 1864 for one year.

Description: Eyes Gray; Hair Dark; Complexion Light; Height 5' 7"

Discharged as a Corporal, at Fort Ethan Allen, Virginia on June 13, 1865.

Eleazer and Sarah had five children:

Sarah E. Heastings Washburn, William Kerns Heastings, Edward Dowing Heastings, Margaret Jane Heastings and Robert James Heastings.

He continued working a machinist until he was force to retire do to bad eye sight and losing it right heel.

Eleazer Died on April 23, 1901 at his home in Avalon Borough, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

He is buried in Allegheny Cemetery, Butler St., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There is no marker on the grave.


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