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When Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin charged the men of his state to enlist in July 1862, he was desperate for soldiers to fill the federal quota set for Pennsylvania. Heeding the call, William Jennings – citizen of Harrisburg and then the Adjutant of Camp Curtin – approached the governor to proffer his services to state and nation. Curtin acceded; if Jennings could form a regiment, the ambitious young officer would be granted its colonelcy. [excerpt]
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Lavery, Kevin P., "Warriors of Dauphin County: The 127th Pennsylvania Volunteers" (2014). The Gettysburg Compiler: On the Front Lines of History. 40.