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Bucks County Civil War Round Table Library and Museum collection

1861-2014 [bulk 1861-1900], 5 linear feet

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Bucks County Civil War Round Table Library and Museum. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Bucks County Civil War Round Table Library and Museum
Creator:
Bucks County Civil War Round Table Library and Museum
Title:
Bucks County Civil War Round Table Library and Museum collection
Date [bulk]:
1861-1900
Date [inclusive]:
1861-2014
Call Number:
01
Extent:
5 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
During the Civil War, over 1,000 men from Bucks County, PA joined what would be known as the 104th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The soldiers received training at Camp Lacey in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and saw action along the East Coast, including the Battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia (1862). The Bucks County Civil War Round Table Library and Museum collection, 1861-2014 (bulk 1861-1900), consists of various documents relating to the Civil War, with items from soldiers, officers, and veterans. While the focus of the collection is Bucks County, it includes materials from across the nation.
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Biography/History

"The state of Pennsylvania played a significant role in the Civil War...[O]ver 400,00 soldiers and...270 regiments [from Pennsylvania fought for the Union]. [Abraham] Lincoln's initial call to Pennsylvania Governor [Andrew] Curtin drew 25 regiments and the formation of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps for a 3-year enlistment. Troops were mustered into service after the first Bull Run, and numerous training camps were formed throughout the state.

"Bucks County...is rich in Civil War History...In Doylestown's Camp Lacey, modern-day War Memorial Field, volunteers from all over the county and region including Doylestown, Perkasie, Upper Black Eddy, Philadelphia and Reading, were raised to form the 104th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry regiment under Colonel W.W.H. Davis. The proud "Ringgold" regiment would go on to be bloodied during the war and immortalized during the Battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia, May 31, 1862."

Bibliography:

Bucks County Civil War Round Table Library and Museum. "Bucks County in the Civil War." 2013. Accessed March 19, 2014. http://www.civilwarmuseumdoylestown.org/buckscivilwar.html.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various documents relating to the Civil War, with items from soldiers, officers, and veterans. While the focus of the collection is Bucks County, it includes materials from across the nation. The collection includes original correspondence, enlistment rolls, mustering papers, photographs, soldiers' payroll records from different states, and other documents. There is also some accumulated secondary-source material, such as: photocopies, research notes, and narrative histories of people involved in the 104th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry regiment and Durell's Battery; a register of descendants of the 104th regiment; a list of Civil War veterans buried in Doylestown Cemetery; newspaper clippings and information on the monument to the 104th regiment in Doylestown, Pa.; transcripts of diaries; and more. A detailed item-level inventory is available on-site.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Bucks County Civil War Round Table Library and Museum

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Sarah Leu through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Bucks County Civil War Round Table Library and Museum for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Items collected at various times from various sources. Some items were donated; others are on short-term or permanent loan.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Bucks County Civil War Round Table Library and Museum directly for more information.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • United States. Army. Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 104th (1861-1865)
Geographic Name(s)
  • Bucks County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Soldiers
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Veterans

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Collection Inventory

Payroll records.

Receipts of paymaster Major E. E. Pauling for payment of troops (5), 1863-1864.

Enlistment advance payments of $13 given by Lt. W. H. Hubbs, 13th Infantry, Springfield , Illinois to the following, 29 Feb 1864.

Enlistment advance payments of $13 given by Lt. W. H. Hubbs, 13th Infantry, 1st Artillery, Springfield, Illinois, 8 Feb 1864.

Provost Marshal General's Office of the War Department appointees to the 15th Regiment, Co. A, of the Veteran Reserve Corps, 21 Dec. 1864.

Pay vouchers and other papers for individuals.

Georgia.

Barry H. Lynch--1st Lt., Co. D, 1st Georgia Cavalry (with colored servant).

Illinois.

George Greenslate -deceased Private Company G, 106th Illinois Vols.--paid to his widow Mary Jane Greenslate.

William S. Bumu (?)--1st Lt., Co. A, 127th Ill. Infantry (with colored servant).

William H. Taylor--1st Lt., Co. F, 41st Reg. Ill. Infantry (letter that he had returned all equipment).

J. W. Woods--Chaplain, 5th Ill. Cavalry Regulars (with colored servant).

Harlow Bassett--1st Lt., Co. G, 150th Illinois Vols. (with colored servant).

Indiana.

Seth T. Harrington--Private Co. C, 43rd Reg., Indiana Vol. Infantry--travel expenses from Helena, Arkansas to Bloomfield, Ind.--30 April 1862.

Orrin Hull--2nd Lt., Co. G, 123rd Indiana Vols.--(with servant).

Kentucky.

W.S. D. Megowan--Major, 3rd Reg., Kentucky Vol. Cavalry (with 2 servants).

Massachusetts.

David Haggarty--Co. A, 1st Artillery Regiment- travel expenses from New Orleans to Boston, Mass.

Michigan.

David W. Vanderburg--Asst. Surgeon, 10th Michigan Infantry.

Missouri.

John Coatney--Private, Co. E in the Osage Regiment of the Missouri Home Guard.

William Neooton (?)--Private in the Missouri Home Guard commanded by Captain Madison Day.

F.P. Berry--Private in the Missouri Home Guard commanded by Captain Madison Day.

James Barnes--Corporal in Hugh Roberts Company of Putnam County Home Guards.

New Hampshire.

Bela Sawyer--1st Lt. of the 16th N.H. Vols; also in 3rd Division of 19th Army Corps (with colored servant).

New York.

Edwin Weed--Co.B, 2nd Battalion, 14th Reg., Infantry--travel expenses from Fort Trumbull to Elmira, N.Y.--discharged with surgeons certificate of disability.

John H. Shaver--2nd Lt., Co. K, 160th Reg., New York Vols. (with colored servant).

W.H. Shelton--Captain, 15th New York Vols.--discharge letter due to ill health.

Lewis Schaffner--Major, 15th New York Vols.--discharge letter due to ill health.

J. H. Kincaid--Private, Co. F, 93rd Reg., New York Vols.--disability discharge letter.

Henry C. Dane--1st Lt., Co. F, 3rd Mass Cav.--Acting Signal Officer (with colored servant).

William Hoffman--Co. B,13th N.Y. Light Artillery- (with colored servant).

Ohio.

H.E. Symmes--Capt., Co. C, 5th Ohio Infantry (with colored servant).

David Shipe--Private, Co. G, 1st Battalion, 15th Reg., U.S. Infantry--discharge papers due to gunshot wounds in both thighs at Pittsburg Landing--travel expense sheet.

R.P. Muenscher--Pay voucher for medical services in 1862 with the Army of Ohio.

John B. Aringdale--Sgt., Co. A, 20th Reg., Infantry Vols. Of Ohio--discharge papers so he could take the promotion in the 1st Reg. of Heavy Artillery.

James C. Boice--Private, Co. ?, 98th Regiment of Ohio Vol.--surgeon's certificate of disability.

Pennsylvania.

E.R. Unsberger--2nd Asst. Surgeon with the 93rd Reg., Pa. Volunteer Infantry, pay voucher (with colored servant).

Vermont.

J.P. Clark--2nd Lt., Co. B, 1st Vermont Cavalry--captured and listed as detached service at Annapolis and not yet exchanged (with colored servant).

Wisconsin.

Charles R. Sweep--died as Private in Co. I or J, 23rd Wisconsin Vols.--pay voucher which was sent to his father, Andrew Sweep.

Patrick Naughton--Private, Co. D, 1st Reg, U.S. Infantry--discharge and travel expenses.

Luther Struthers--Private, 4th Reg.--discharge due to expiration of term of enlistment.

Documents.

Letter from the Governor of Rhode Island to Lt. Commander Francis B. Blake of the U.S. Navy commending him for his service in taking Port Fisher, North Carolina. (Mary A. Miller).

Letter from George E. Alder to Harry Sambribe, Esq. (on loan from Miriam Montgomery).

Letter from J.W.Wells to Henry Dambrite (on loan from Miriam Montgomery).

Letter from John Spering to Mrs. Elmira G. Dyer (on loan from Miriam Montgomery).

Pass and exemption from order of enrollment (gift of Raymond Rutherford).

Certificate of service for Edward Dangerfield (gift of Raymond Rutherford).

Pension certificate for Edward Dangerfield (gift of Raymond Rutherford).

Furlough paper for Stephen Hull (gift of Raymond Rutherford).

Letter from Camp Casey (gift of Raymond Rutherford).

Order to report for duty to the Lambertville Brigade, NJ for John O. Hull (gift of Raymond Rutherford.

Discharge papers for Stephen Hull (gift of Raymond Rutherford).

Confederate paper money (gift of Raymond Rutherford).

Letter from Nathan Marple to his sister (Great Grandmother Yates of Raymond Rutherford).

Morning Report of the Davis Brigade (on loan from Syd and Sharon Martin).

Private Joseph Pforinder's discharge by surgeon certificate of disability (on loan from Syd and Sharon Martin).

Special Order 138 appointing Wm. T. Robinson as Chief Medical Officer of the 104th PA Reg. (on loan from Syd and Sharon Martin).

Three letters by Brigadier Major General James B. Ricketts (on loan from Ron Rudy).

Inventory for stores during Mexican War (on loan from Ron Rudy).

Letter from H. W. Slocum, Colonel of the 27th NY Volunteers and promoted to Maj. General. Was in command of Sherman's left wing (on loan from Ron Rudy).

Letter from Alexander Shaler of the 1st Division of the N.Y. National Guard (on loan from Ron Rudy).

Letter from Daniel Sickles (on loan from Ron Rudy.

1863, 1864, 1865 diaries of John B. Gloman ( on permanent loan from Mary Louise Lawrence and Carolyn S. Gloman).

Provisions for 11 days for the 104th PA Volunteers (on loan from Syd and Sharon Martin).

Orders from Colonel W. W. H. Davis to Major Schmitt to detail 135 men for guard duty (on loan from Syd and Sharon Martin).

General Order 81 from W.W.H. Davis on Morris Island (on loan from Syd and Sharon Martin).

Order from Brig. General Terry to fire a heavy gun at Fort Shaw daily to establish time (on loan from Syd and Sharon Martin).

Muster Roll of Company K, 201st Reg, PA Volunteers.

Payroll record of Roswell M. Sawyer, Major (with 2 colored servants).

Enlistment roll, May 1864, Madison Wisconsin.

Payroll record of W.H. Shepard, 2nd Lt., Co. E, 1st Reg. Engineers Corps el Afrique (with colored servant).

Discharge paper from Navy signed by Gideon Welles.

Daniel Sickles bank check (on loan from Ron Rudy).

Military Record Roster of Co. F, 128th PA Volunteers (on loan from Syd and Sharon Martin).

1862 diary of William Worthington, Company B, 104th PA Volunteers (on loan from Tom Bonynge).

Letter from James M. Fox to Charles Terry, Jan. 9, 1862.

Letter from Jonathan Clayton to Enos Clayton from Camp Lacy.

Collected letters of Captain Jacob Swartzlander, Co. D, 104th PA Vol.

Bounty authorization to fill enlistment quotas in Bucks County.

A document releasing a draftee from service because enough men had be brought Into service (on permanent loan from Syd and Sharon Martin).

Robert Kennedy's form providing a substitute for his military duty.

Otto Mussehl family correspondence, fifteen letters, including letters to Otto Mussehl in Libby Prison, (on loan from Perry Moser), 1863-1881.

Enlisted man's warrant for Wm Rhell--D Co., 76th Reg. of PA Vols.--permanent collection.

Commission to raise G Co., 118th Regiment, for Richard W. Davis.

Picture and letter from J.W.Wells to Henry Dambrite.

Graduation certificate for Francis B. Blake from U.S. Naval Academy--(on loan from Mary Miller).

Proclamation from the state of Rhode Island to thank Francis Blake, John Russell Bartlett, Kidder Randolph Breese and Albert Gallatin Lawrence for their service (on loan from Mary Miller).

Recruitment poster from 82nd Ohio Reg. (on loan from Gene Grayson).

Personnel roster of Durell's Battery (on loan from Syd and Sharon Martin).

Personnel roster of Light Battery K of 3rd New York Volunteer Battery.

Sing along music sheets for: The Volunteer, Willie We Have Missed You, Weep Not Comrades for Me, Do They Think of Me at Home, and O Carry Me Home (on loan from Chet Harris).

Republican ticket featuring Abraham Lincoln (permanent collection).

Newspaper clippings of recollections of a soldier by Springstead B. Owen (on loan from Mary Letvenko).

Copies of W. P. Basett's Civil War records, Co. K, 34th Alabama Regulars (permanent collection).

Service records of John G. Laun and photo (permanent loan from David Posnett).

Copies of information on John Paules, Co. H, 104th PA Vols. (permanent loan from David Reinsmith).

Copies of information on James Irvine, Battery D, PA Light Artillery (Durell's Battery) (gift by James H. Turner).

Copies of letter to and from William P. Slack, Private in Co. A, 104th PA Vols., died in service, widow's pension info (gift of Roger Dillon).

Letters of Jacob Swartzlander, Captain, Co. D, 104th PA Vols.

Train tickets from the 1860's.

Images.

Jacob Aaron Frantz.

Photo of family members of 104th PA Volunteers at the rededication of the 104th Monument in 1992.

Picture of W. W. H. Davis in uniform.

Painting of Willis Wall.

2 pictures of Jacob Swartzlander with his Bible.

Lincoln's cabinet.

Gettysburg Boys original sheet music.

Gettysburg battlefield map.

3 Cartes des Visites with Lincoln, drummer boy, family pictures.

Picture of soldier and his wife (unusual).

Picture of Edwin Stanton and his signature.

Soldier's children-part of a Carte de Viste-he was holding when he died.

104th Reunion picture 1878 in front of old Bucks County Court House.

Picture of James McPherson and signature.

2 Lincoln pictures from 1909 Illinois Watch Co. to announce its production of its high quality "Abe Lincoln" watch (permanent loan from Syd and Sharon Martin).

Picture of Lincoln (on loan from Dan DeSantis).

United States Trust Company's 1919 Melting Pot of America Series Parts II & III on Abraham Lincoln (on loan from Dan DeSantis).

Gettysburg Address with Lincoln picture on other side (on loan from Dan DeSantis).

Key to the Battle of Gettysburg personnel by John Bucheldrin (permanent collection).

Picture of Lincoln (permanent collection).

Picture of Grant--reverse painting on glass (permanent collection).

Picture of Lincoln on tile (permanent collection).

Picture entitled "Good Marksmanship and Guts" the Wagon Box Fight 1867 (on loan from Betty Strecker).

Banner in frame of 1890 GAR 24th National Encampment.

Picture of Sherman with signature (on loan from Ron Rudy).

Picture of Sheridan with signature (on loan from Ron Rudy).

Poster of the 4th Alabama Regiment in action at Manassas, July 21, 1861 (gift of Bob Whitman).

Poster of "The Angle" at Gettysburg.

Picture of March 21st, 1896, parade of the 90th Regiment of PA Vols. Survivors Association.