Company F, organized as the Sunbury Guards, was the first company from Northumberland county to leave for the war. On Thursday morning, April 18, 1861, J. P. S. Gobin, who had taken an active part in the volunteer movement, went to Harrisburg and offered the services of the company, then about fully recruited, to the Governor. They were promptly accepted, and upon his return on the evening of the same day the announcement that his mission had been successful was received with great enthusiasm. On the evening of Friday, April 19th, the volunteers assembled in the grand jury room and organized a company by the unanimous choice of Charles J. Bruner as captain; J. P.S. Gobin, first lieutenant, and Joseph H. McCarty, Second lieutenant. While this election was in progress the court house was crowded with citizens assembled to raise means for "providing for the families of the married soldiers, and furnishing clothing for those not provided with the articles necessary for a campaign. One thousand dollars were raised, with a pledge to double it when necessary, and four hundred dollars for the immediate wants of the soldiers." The manufacture of suitable clothing was at once undertaken by the ladies. In this work Mrs. Charles Pleasants was particularly active; she opened her house, and it became headquarters for the patriotic operations of the ladies. Here the work of cutting and making garments was pursued without cessation, day and night, and Sunday was observed by an increase rather than a diminution in the number of workers. The willingness of the women of the county to contribute their labor to the success of the cause was one of the most practical expressions of patriotism evinced at that period.
Intimations having been received that unless the Sunbury company was at Harrisburg on Saturday, April 20th, their acceptance by the State authorities might be seriously jeopardized, it was determined to leave for the capital at the earliest possible date. Accordingly, Captain Bruner left with forty of his men on Saturday morning. At an early hour they were mustered at the public square, where the population of the town assembled en masse to witness their departure. On the train they found themselves in company with other detachments of soldiers from various points, and thus made the journey to Harrisburg. The remainder of the volunteers attended divine service on the following Sunday at the Lutheran church in a body under command of Sergeant C. Israel Pleasants. At ten a. m. Monday they were mustered on the public square and shortly afterward followed their comrades to the capital. There seventy-eight men from the Sunbury volunteers were mustered into the United States service as Company F, Eleventh regiment, still retaining in a popular sense their former name, the Sunbury Guards. The following is the roster of Company F: Captain, Charles J. Bruner. First Lieutenant, J. P. S. Gobin. Second Lieutenant, Joseph H. McCarty. Sergeants: John E. McCarty, C. Israel Pleasants, S. Herman Helper, Jacob Rohrbach.
Corporals: Samuel P. Bright, Charles D. Wharton, Daniel Oyster, William Pyers. Musicians: Henry D. Wharton
Note: Henry was Charles brother and J.P.S. Gobin is cousin