Guy Hulett Watkins was a lawyer and U. Army Lieutenant Colonel during the American Civil War. He was born in Towanda, Pennsylvania, and completed his education at a seminary in Lima, New York. Thereafter, he entered the law practice of his father, William Watkins.
He was admitted to the bar on September 9, 1853. In 1859, he was elected district attorney. He had not finished his term at the time of his entrance into the Union Army. He was killed during the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia on or about June 19, 1864. The regiment was organized in August 1862, with Henry J.Madill as colonel, Guy H. Watkins as lieutenant colonel, and Israel P. It was sent to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where it was organized at Camp Curtin. After a couple of weeks, it was sent to picket the Potomac River in the area of Poolesville, Maryland.
The regiment became part of the 1st Brigade of the 1st Division of the III Corps. At the Battle of Fredericksburg, the regiment formed part of the force which engaged the Confederate right flank but lost few men. After the battle, the regiment went into winter quarters, but in the spring of 1863 was heavily engaged at the Battle of Chancellorsville, May 13, 1863, suffering over 50% casualties. At the Battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, the unit was detached from the rest of the brigade and sent to the southern part of the Peach Orchard.
There, the 141st helped repel the attack of Brigadier General Joseph B. Kershaw's South Carolina Brigade. However, shortly after this the Peach Orchard salient began to collapse.Separated from the rest of its brigade, the regiment never received orders to withdraw and stayed in line of battle near the Peach Orchard. Possibly because of the thick battle smoke, the regiment did not fire on the approaching brigade of Brigadier General William Barksdale.
The 141st suffered a devastating volley at close range from one of Barksdale's Mississippi regiments, and after a brief resistance withdrew towards Cemetery Ridge with a loss of almost 70% of its members. Of 209 men present for roll-call earlier in the day, 149 were killed, wounded, or missing in action.
Following the Gettysburg Campaign, the regiment fought in the Bristoe Station Campaign, seeing action at the Battle of Auburn Bridge, one of the final actions fought by the III Corps before its incorporation into the II Corps. The regiment received many replacements over the winter. In 1864, the regiment fought in the Battle of the Wilderness (May 67, 1864), the Battle of Spotsylvania (May 1112, 1864), and at the Battle of Petersburg (June 18, 1864).The regiment then took part in the Siege of Petersburg. The 141st participated in the final campaign of the Army of the Potomac and fought at the Battle of Sayler's Creek on March 25, 1865, and again at the Battle of Farmville (April 67, 1865). The 141st was present at the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House. The regiment participated in the Grand Review of the Armies in Washington and was mustered out on May 29, 1865. Despairing of reaching Richmond by the direct road, Grant again moved on towards the left, and on the 14th the regiment crossed the James, and with the corps pushed up towards Petersburg. In the general movement upon the enemy's works on the 18th the regiment participated, and in the midst of the charge, while leading his men, Lieutenant Colonel Watkins was killed. He was characterized by his brother officers as among the bravest of the brave.
Lieutenant Jones, serving on the brigade staff, was wounded in the breast. His life was singularly preserved by a small memorandum book, which he carried in his breast pocket. A minie ball was found completely buried in the book.
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