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The exclusive publisher for the works of nationally recognized artist and sculptor Gary Casteel.  Please visit our gallery to browse his collections of Civil War monument replicas and plaques of historic figures.  Free shipping to anywhere in the continental United States is now offered for all orders.

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The latest release is the 149th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (Hancock Ave.)

“In every important battle during the war the Bucktails faced the enemy. They were usually ordered to perform light infantry duty in skirmishing, and they never failed to drive out the Rebel sharpshooters. After this work was accomplished the Bucktails were formed in a solid column to share the heavy work of the battle-field. They never flinched. Their faces were always to the foe. The ‘bucktails’ on their hat[s] became the symbol of all that is brave and true in soldierly character.” -- The Wellsboro Agitator (Wellsboro, Pennsylvania) Oct 25, 1887

The original “Bucktails” were the 13th Pennsylvania Reserves Regiment (42nd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment).  Named for the regiment’s custom of wearing the tail of a deer on their hats, the Bucktails were said to be superior marksmen, and during the first year of the war they distinguished themselves as skirmishers and sharpshooters.

In July 1862, due to this excellent record, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton directed Roy Stone, a major in the 13th Pennsylvania Reserves, to enlist an additional brigade of Bucktails. Stone raised 20 companies of recruits by the end of August to send to Harrisburg for official organization into the 149th and 150th Pennsylvania regiments.  The troops comprising the 149th were from the counties of Potter, Tioga, Lycoming, Clearfield, Clarion, Lebanon, Allegheny, Luzerne, Mifflin, and Huntingdon.  The new volunteers, proudly adopted the distinctive badge of the earlier group, calling themselves the “Bucktails” or sometimes the “New Bucktails.”  The 143rd Pennsylvania would join the brigade in February of 1863.

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