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Abraham H. Good family papers

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Author
Good, Abraham H.
Call Number
MG-542, Archives South
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Author
Good, Abraham H.
Physical Description
.25 cubic ft.
Summary
This collection contains letters written to Abraham and Dianna Good, including correspondence during the Civil War. There are also business papers of Mr. Good.
Rights
May not be photocopied.
Notes
Finding aid available at LancasterHistory.org.
Subjects
Letters - Pennsylvania - Lancaster County.
Family records - Pennsylvania - Lancaster County.
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865.
Location
Lancaster History Archive - Manuscript Group
Call Number
MG-542, Archives South
Websites
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Abraham Lincoln and the seventy-fifth anniversaries

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Author
Martin, C. H.
Date of Publication
1939
incarnated the spirit which alone can preserve it. These are but a few of the tributes paid to him by, men of note. FOUR ATTEND THE ENCAMPMENT Only four of the few remaining Civil War veterans of Lancaster County were able to accept the invitation of their Government to attend the 75th anni- versary
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Author
Martin, C. H.
Place of Publication
Lancaster, Pa
Publisher
Lancaster County Historical Society,
Date of Publication
1939
Physical Description
[50]-58 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Series
Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society ; v. 43, no. 2
Subjects
Lincoln, Abraham, - 1809-1865.
Gettysburg (Pa.), Battle of, 1863.
Veterans - Pennsylvania - Lancaster County.
Pennsylvania - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Veterans.
Contained In
Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society. Volume 43, number 2 (1939), p. 50-58Lancaster History Library - Journal974.9 L245 v.43
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Abraham Lincoln's day at Gettysburg

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Author
Heiges, George L.
Date of Publication
1963
Call Number
973.7349 H465
Author
Heiges, George L.
Publisher
Typescript
Date of Publication
1963
Physical Description
103 p. ill. 30 cm.
Subjects
Lincoln, Abraham, - 1809-1865.
Gettysburg (Pa.), Battle of, 1863.
Civil war
Location
Lancaster History Library - Book
Call Number
973.7349 H465
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Author
Godcharles, Frederic Antes,
Date of Publication
1927
Call Number
974.9 L245 v.31
Author
Godcharles, Frederic Antes,
Place of Publication
Lancaster, Pa
Publisher
Lancaster County Historical Society,
Date of Publication
1927
Physical Description
77-86 p. ; 23 cm.
Series
Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society ; v. 31, no. 6
Subjects
Pennsylvania - History - Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Pennsylvania - History - Revolution, 1775-1783.
Pennsylvania - History - 1775-1865.
Pennsylvania - History - War of 1812.
Pennsylvania - History - Civil War, 1861-1865.
Pennsylvania - History - 1865-
Location
Lancaster History Library - Journal
Call Number
974.9 L245 v.31
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Advance the colors! : Pennsylvania Civil War battle flags

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Author
Sauers, Richard Allen.
Date of Publication
c1987-c1991.
Call Number
974.8033 S259
ISBN
0818200901 (v. 1) :
081820155X
Author
Sauers, Richard Allen.
Place of Publication
[Harrisburg]
Publisher
Capitol Preservation Committee,
Date of Publication
c1987-c1991.
Physical Description
2 v. (xvi, 611 p.) : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographies.
Subjects
Pennsylvania - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Flags.
Pennsylvania - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Regimental histories.
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Flags.
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Regimental histories.
Additional Corporate Author
Pennsylvania. Capitol Preservation Committee.
Location
Lancaster History Library - Book
Call Number
974.8033 S259
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An Abstract of the 1865 York County, Pennsylvania, asessor military roll with surname index

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Date of Publication
c1987.
Call Number
974.841 A164amr
Place of Publication
York, PA
Publisher
South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Inc.,
Date of Publication
c1987.
Physical Description
iii, 166 p. ; 28 cm.
Series
Special publication / South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society ; no. 33, July/October, 1986, and January 1987
Notes
Includes index.
Subjects
Registers of births, etc. - Pennsylvania - York County.
Pennsylvania - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Registers.
York County (Pa.) - Genealogy.
Additional Corporate Author
South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.
Location
Lancaster History Library - Book
Call Number
974.841 A164amr
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An Anabaptist conflict : pacifism vs. abolition during the Civil War

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Author
Green, Angela M.
Date of Publication
1985.
Call Number
905.748 JHM v. 4
Author
Green, Angela M.
Place of Publication
Lancaster, Pa
Publisher
Student Historians of Pennsylvania, Inc. ;
Date of Publication
1985.
Physical Description
p. 36 - 37 :
Notes
In: The Junior Historian magazine, v. 4 (1984-1988).
Bibliography: p. 37.
Subjects
Pacifism
Anabaptists
Antislavery movements
United States - History - Civil War, 1861 - 1865.
Location
Lancaster History Library - Book
Call Number
905.748 JHM v. 4
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An introduction to Civil War civilians

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Author
Leisch, Juanita.
Date of Publication
c1994.
Call Number
973.71 L532
Alternate Title
Civil War civilians
ISBN
0939631709
Author
Leisch, Juanita.
Place of Publication
Gettysburg, Pa
Publisher
Thomas Publications,
Date of Publication
c1994.
Physical Description
vi, 86 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 85-86).
Contents
Chapters- MID 19TH CENTURY AMERICA --- EVERYDAY LIFE IN AMERICA -- CIVILIAN INFLUENCES ON THE MILITARY -- CIVILIAN PARTICIPATION IN THE WAR --- THE EFFECT OF WAR ON CIVILIAN LIFE --- THE END.
Summary
Provides basic information on individuals, their families and the society and communities in which Americans lived -North and South- at the time of the Civil War.
Subjects
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865.
Location
Lancaster History Library - Book
Call Number
973.71 L532
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Annual report of the Adjutant-General of Pennsylvania ... for the year 1866

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Corporate Author
Pennsylvania. Adjutant-General's Office.
Date of Publication
1867.
Call Number
355.37 H313 1866
Corporate Author
Pennsylvania. Adjutant-General's Office.
Place of Publication
Harrisburg, PA
Publisher
Singerly & Myers,
Date of Publication
1867.
Physical Description
1221 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents
Includes index.
Subjects
Pennsylvania. - Militia.
Regimental histories.
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Regimental histories.
Pennsylvania.
United States.
History.
Location
Lancaster History Library - Rare Books
Call Number
355.37 H313 1866
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Collection
General Thomas Welsh Family Papers
Object ID
MG0828_SeriesD-61
Date Range
1861
Description Level
Series
Collection
General Thomas Welsh Family Papers
Description
The fifteen documents in this series cover the year 1861 and consist of letters written by Thomas Welsh to his wife and children describing his experiences as an officer in the Union Army. The series also includes letters written by Welsh's wife and children describing events at home in Columbia. The letters show Welsh to be a devoted husband and father and his family to miss him very much. Welsh raised and organized the first company of volunteers from Lancaster County. The regiment served most of its 90-day enlistment in the Shenandoah Valley from where many of the letters were written. The series also includes a pass for Camp Curtin, Dauphin County where Welsh served as Commandant and a letter from Otter Island, South Carolina where Welsh later served as a Colonel in the 45th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
Admin/Biographical History
Thomas Welsh (1824-1863) was a Lancaster County native (born and raised in Columbia), who rose from hardscrabble origins to local fame, first as a Mexican War hero, and then as a brigadier general during the Civil War. He was well known and well respected as a no nonsense officer, for his leadership and gallantry in battle, for his dedication to the service of his country, and for his concern for the welfare of his men.
Welsh lost his father at the age of 2, and went to work to support his family at age 8. He had very little formal schooling, and was largely self-educated. In 1843, at age 19, he left Lancaster County for Washington City, then went west as an itinerant carpenter/laborer to Cincinnati, Little Rock, and Fort Smith.
When the Mexican War broke out in 1846, he enlisted in a Kentucky regiment, and was severely wounded at the battle of Buena Vista (1847) from which he never fully recovered. Returning home to Columbia, he re-enlisted as a second lieutenant, assigned to the 11th U.S. infantry regiment in Mexico City. Within days of his arrival in Mexico City, he was declared unfit for service on account of his battle wound, and sent home again.
Back in Columbia as a civilian, he dabbled in politics, and received a patronage job in the Pennsylvania Main Line of Public Works (the rail and canal system connecting Philadelphia and Pittsburgh). After several years, he opened up a grocery and dry goods store in Columbia's canal basin. He also became an insurance agent. In 1857, he was elected Justice of the Peace, and his reputation grew as a community leader. By 1860, he was president of the Borough Council, a founding member of the Columbia Board of Trade, Vice President of the Columbia Cricket Club, and a canal boat operator, in addition to a dry goods merchant, insurance agent, and Justice of the Peace. He had a wife, 5 surviving children, and legal guardianship of his sister's 4 children.
When Confederate forces shelled Fort Sumter, marking the beginning of the Civil War, Thomas Welsh raised and organized the first company of volunteers from Lancaster County, and took them into the field as their Captain. Within days, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment, which served out its 90-day enlistment in the Shenandoah Valley.
Returning to Harrisburg, he was appointed Commandant of Camp Curtin, the problem-plagued processing center for new recruits. In short order, Welsh cleaned up the camp's poor sanitary conditions, improved the health of the camp, and implemented soldierly discipline and training.
In October 1861, he resigned from his camp duties, and as Colonel of the 45th Pennsylvania, led his regiment into the field. After brief service outside of Washington, they were sent to South Carolina in December, where they were posted to Otter Island. After the battle of James Island, they were recalled to Newport News, in July 1862, then sent to guard Aquia Creek.
In September, now in brigade command in Burnsides' 9th Corps, Welsh chased Lee's Confederate army west into central Maryland. His brigade broke the enemy line in Fox's Gap, on Sept. 14, then 3 days later achieved the furthest Union advance at Antietam, reaching the edge of Sharpsburg, and nearly cutting off Lee's only avenue of escape. Welsh's gallantry earned him a field promotion to brigadier general, which Congress confirmed on March 13, 1863.
The 9th Corps (Welsh now in command of the 1st Division) was sent west in the spring of 1863, then dispatched south to support Grant's investment of Vicksburg. After Vicksburg fell, they turned east and defeated Confederate General Johnston at the Battle of Jackson. Welsh contracted malaria in the southern swamps, and died in Cincinnati upon their return north. One of his men later recalled, "Had he lived, Welsh would undoubtedly have attained a much higher command. 1
1. Beauge, Eugene, in Albert, Allen D., Ed., History of the Forty-Fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry 1861-1865, Williamsport, PA: Grit Publ. Co, 1912, p. 79.
Custodial History
Cataloged by Richard C. Wiggin prior to donation.
System of Arrangement
The collection is arranged in series:
Series A Thomas Welsh before the Mexican War
Series B Mexican War, 1846-1848
Series C Between the Mexican War and the Civil War, 1848-1861
Series D Ciivil War
Series E Post-Civil War
Series F Miscellaneous Family Papers
Date Range
1861
Creation Date
1861
Creator
Wiggin, Richard C.
People
Welsh, Thomas
Subjects
United States—History—Civil War, 1861-1865
Letters
Personal correspondence
Search Terms
Civil War
Letters
Correspondence, Personal
Extent
16 folders
Object Name
Archive
Language
English
Condition
Fair to good
Object ID
MG0828_SeriesD-61
Parent Object ID
MG0828
Classification
MG0828
Location
LancasterHistory
Room
Archives North
Container
MG0828 Box 1
Notes
Added to PP 12/23/2020 by HST
Provenance:
Most passed down through the family, Blanton Charles Welsh to Emilie Benson (Welsh) Wiggin to Nancy Jane (Wiggin) Townsend. Acquired from: Chuck Townsend, Knoxville, Tennessee, 2016/05/15.
MG0828_SeriesD-61_F15 is a transcription provided by Dennis Buttacavoli via email. The original is presumed by donor to be in his possession.
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Credit
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