Id’d Presented Colt M1851 Colt Navy Revolver – 102nd Pa. Infantry



Id’d Presented Colt M1851 Colt Navy Revolver – 102nd Pa. Infantry – This Fourth Model 1851 Colt Navy, serial number 118705, exhibits an unusual presentation engraving on the back strap, which reads as follows:

Lt. Wm. Crooks Co. H 13 Regt. P.V.

Present from Lt. Renison

The revolver has the New York address on the top of the octagonal barrel:


The serial numbers all match and are indicative of manufacture in 1861. The condition is overall very good: plum-gray, colored patina overall; the cylinder engraving is somewhat light, but complete; pistol indexes and functions properly; bore is clean with obvious rifling remaining; grips are in good condition; brass elements exhibit a pleasing, mustard-colored patina, with the engraved back strap area seemingly gilded. These M1851 Navy Revolvers were the most popular Colt handguns, in the medium size and power range, during the Civil War. The roll-engraved, cylinder scene depicts a Mexican War, naval battle, that occurred in 1846, between the Texas and Mexican navies. During Colt’s production of this model, between 1850 and 1873, the company manufactured approximately 215,000 of these revolvers. This early Civil War example is a fine representative of the M1851 Colt Navy and maintains an additional, historical significance with its unusually engraved attribution. Accompanying this revolver is an original, Colt, iron, .36 cal. bullet mold.

Lieutenants Crooks and Renison, both initially enlisted in Co.H of the 13th Pa. Vols; this regiment only remained in service briefly, with their members all mustering out on August 6, 1861. It appears that both Crooks and Renison re-enlisted in the 102nd Pa. Vols. – Crooks would serve about one year in the 102nd, resigning in July of 1862; Renison resigned in February of 1862. Lt. Crooks would see action, with the 102nd, in the early war actions of: the Siege of Yorktown, the Battle of Williamsburg, Fairs Oaks, the Seven Days, Malvern Hill and Antietam.

13th Pennsylvania Regiment

Recruited in Bedford county, Butler county, Allegheny county, PA

13th PA Regiment Newspaper Transcription

13th PA Regiment Organization, Service & Battles

  • Organized at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, and mustered in April 25, 1861.
  • Moved to York, Pa., April 26, and duty there till June 4.
  • Moved to Chambersburg June 4.
  • Attached to 4th Brigade, 1st Division, Patterson’s Army.
Service & Battles – 1861
  • Moved to Greencastle June 14,
  • thence advance on Williamsport June 15-16.
  • Goose Creek, Edward’s Ferry, June 18.
  • At Williamsport till July 4.
  • Escort Rhode Island Battery to Martinsburg.
  • Moved to Bunker Hill July 16, and to Charlestown July 17.
  • To Harper’s Ferry July 21.
  • Moved to Harrisburg, Pa., and mustered out August 6, 1861.

William Crooks

Residence was not listed;

Enlisted on 8/20/1861 as a 1st Lieutenant.


On 8/20/1861 he was commissioned into “H” Co. PA 102nd Infantry

He Resigned on 7/10/1862


Armstrong Renison

Residence was not listed; Enlisted on 8/20/1861 as a 2nd Lieutenant. On 8/20/1861 he was commissioned into “H” Co. PA 102nd Infantry He Resigned on 2/1/1862


NAME: Armstrong Renison
MUSTER DATE: 20 Aug 1861
MUSTER PLACE: Pennsylvania
MUSTER REGIMENT: 102nd Infantry


NAME: Armstrong Renison
SIDE: Union
REGIMENT: 102nd Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry


RANK IN: Second Lieutenant
RANK OUT: Second Lieutenant


102nd PA Infantry
( 3-years )

Organized: Pittsburgh, PA on 8/1/61
Mustered Out: 6/28/65 at Washington, DCOfficers Killed or Mortally Wounded: 10
Officers Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 1
Enlisted Men Killed or Mortally Wounded: 171
Enlisted Men Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 81
(Source: Fox, Regimental Losses)


From To Brigade Division Corps Army Comment
Oct ’61 Mar ’62 3 Buell’s Army of Potomac New Organization
Mar ’62 Jul ’62 3 1 4 Army of Potomac
Jul ’62 Sep ’62 2 1 4 Army of Potomac
Sep ’62 Oct ’62 2 3 6 Army of Potomac
Oct ’62 Jan ’64 3 3 6 Army of Potomac
Jan ’64 Mar ’64 Wheaton’s 1 Department of West Virginia
Mar ’64 Jul ’64 1 2 6 Army of Potomac
Aug ’64 Dec ’64 1 2 6 Army of the Shenandoah
Dec ’64 Jun ’65 1 2 6 Army of Potomac Mustered Out

(Three Years)

     One Hundred and Second Infantry.-Cols., Thomas A. Rowley

Joseph M. Kinkead, John W. Patterson, James Patchell, Lieut.-

Cols. J. M. Kinkead, John W. Patterson, William McIlwaine,

Thomas McLaughlin, James H. Coleman, James Patchell, James D.

Kirk, James D. Duncan Majs., John Poland, John W. Patterson,

Joseph Brown, Thomas McLaughlin, James H. Coleman, James

Patchell, James D. Kirk, James D. Duncan, Robert W. Lyon.  The

102nd, whose nucleus was the old 12th regiment, was recruited

at Pittsburg in Aug. and Sept., 1861, and ordered to

Washington in detachments, where the organization was

completed.  It was assigned to Peck’s brigade, Couch’s

division, Keyes’ corps, and was stationed at Washington during

the winter, except two companies, which were detailed at Great

Falls for a short time.  It participated in the siege of

Yorktown and in the battles of Williamsburg, Fair Oaks and

Malvern hill.  The brigade was detached from the 4th corps,

met the army at Centerville after the second Bull Run battle,

acted as support to a battery during the engagement at

Chantilly; was held in reserve at Antietam, and was attached

to the 6th corps when Gen. Burnside assumed command of the

army.  The regiment was next actively engaged in the

Chancellorsville campaign in May, 1863, at Fredericksburg,

Salem Church and Marye’s heights, after which it retired to

Falmouth until the battle of Gettysburg.  There it arrived on

July 2, and was ordered into action the same afternoon,

changing its position only slightly during the battle.  It

joined in the pursuit of the Confederate Army and the Mine Run

campaign, after which it established winter quarters at Brandy

Station.  Late in Dec., 1863, almost the entire regiment

reenlisted and were furloughed.  The veterans rejoined the

regiment at Halltown, Va., in March, 1864, and the brigade

returned to Brandy Station, where it was assigned to the 2nd

division.  The losses of the regiment at the Wilderness,

Spottsylvania and Cold Harbor were very heavy and it was again

in action in the first assaults on Petersburg.  On July 9, the

corps was hurried to the defense of Washington and arrived in

time to render the most important service in checking Gen.

Early.  It shared in the marches and counter-marches which

followed, and in the battles of the Opequan, Fisher’s hill and

Cedar creek, returning in December to Petersburg, where it

went into winter quarters.  On March 25, 1865, it advanced

upon the enemy, joined in the final assault on April 2, and

the. fight at Sailor’s creek.  It then moved to Danville to

join Gen. Sherman’s force, but returned to Washington and was

there mustered out on June 28, 1865.

102nd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment


102nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry
Active August 1861 to June 28, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Size 2,099
Engagements Siege of Yorktown
Battle of Williamsburg
Battle of Seven Pines
Seven Days Battles
Battle of Malvern Hill
Battle of Chantilly
Battle of Antietam
Battle of Fredericksburg
Battle of Chancellorsville
Battle of Gettysburg (detachment)
Bristoe Campaign
Mine Run Campaign
Battle of the Wilderness
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Battle of Totopotomoy Creek
Battle of Cold Harbor
Siege of Petersburg
Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road
Battle of Fort Stevens
Third Battle of Winchester
Battle of Fisher’s Hill
Battle of Cedar Creek
Appomattox Campaign
Third Battle of Petersburg
Battle of Appomattox Court House

The 102nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 102nd Pennsylvania Infantry was organized at PittsburghPennsylvania in August 1861 and mustered in for a three-year enlistment under the command of Colonel Thomas Algeo Rowley.

The regiment was attached to Peck’s Brigade, Couch’s Division, Army of the Potomac, October 1861 to March, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, IV Corps, Army of the Potomac, to July 1862. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, IV Corps, Army of the Potomac, to September, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, VI Corps, Army of the Potomac, to October 1862. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, VI Corps, to January 1864. Wheaton’s Brigade, Department of West Virginia, to March 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, VI Corps, Army of the Potomac and Army of the Shenandoah, to June 1865.

The 102nd Pennsylvania Infantry mustered out of service June 28, 1865.

Detailed service

Five companies left Pennsylvania for Washington, D.C., August 21, 1861. Duty in the defenses of Washington, D. C, until March 1862. Advance on Manassas, Va., March 10–15. Moved to the Peninsula March 28. Siege of Yorktown April 5–May 4. Battle of Williamsburg May 5. Operations about Bottoms Bridge May 20–23. Battle of Fair Oaks, Seven Pines, May 31 – June 1. Seven Days before Richmond June 25 – July 1. Malvern Hill July 1. At Harrison’s Landing until August 16. Movement to Alexandria, then to Centreville August 16–30. Covered Pope’s retreat to Fairfax Court House August 30 – September 1. Chantilly September 1 (reserve). Maryland Campaign September 6–27. Battle of Antietam September 16–17. At Downsville, Md., September 23 to October 20. Movement to Stafford Court House October 20 – November 18, and to Belle Plains December 5. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12–15. Burnside’s 2nd Campaign, “Mud March,” January 20–24, 1863. At Falmouth until April. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27 – May 6. Operations at Franklin’s Crossing April 29 – May 2. Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg, May 3. Salem Heights May 3–4. Banks’ Ford May 4. Gettysburg Campaign June 13 – July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 2–4. Pursuit of Lee July 5–24. Duty on line of the Rappahannock until October. Bristoe Campaign October 9–22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7–8. Rappahannock Station November 7. Mine Run Campaign November 26 – December 2. Rapidan Campaign May 4–June 12, 1864. Battles of the Wilderness May 5–7; Spotsylvania May 8–21. Assault on the Salient May 12. North Anna River May 23–26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26–28. Totopotomoy May 28–31. Cold Harbor June 1–12. Before Petersburg June 17–18. Jerusalem Plank Road June 22–23. Siege of Petersburg until July 9. Moved to Washington, D.C., July 9–11. Repulse of Early’s attack on Washington July 11–12. Pursuit of Early to Snicker’s Gap July 14–18, Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign August to December. Charlestown August 21–22. Demonstration on Gilbert’s Ford, Opequan Creek, September 13. Strasburg September 21. Battle of Opequan, Winchester, September 19. Fisher’s Hill September 22. Battle of Cedar Creek October 19. Duty in the Shenandoah Valley until December. Ordered to Petersburg December 9–12. Siege of Petersburg December 1864 to April 1865. Fort Stedman, Petersburg, March 25, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28 – April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3–9. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. March to Danville April 23–27, and duty there until May 23. Moved to Richmond, then to Washington, D.C., May 23 – June 3. Corps review June 8.


The regiment lost a total of 263 men during service; 10 officers and 171 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 1 officer and 81 enlisted men died of disease.


  • Colonel Thomas Algeo Rowley – promoted to brigadier generalNovember 29, 1862
  • Colonel Joseph M. Kinkead – resigned May 27, 1863
  • Colonel John W. Patterson – killed in action at the Battle of the Wilderness
  • Colonel James Patchell
  • MajorThomas McLaughlin – commanded at the Battle of Fort Stevens
  • Major James H. Coleman – commanded at the Third Battle of Winchester