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Free Genealogy Biography of Philip Welsh,
Pennsylvania Volunteer of the Civil War

Philip R. Welsh

Philip R. Welsh, dentist, Waynesboro, was born in Waynesboro, this county, September 6, 1844, son of Jacob B. and Margaret (Reilly) Welsh: the former, a native of Adams County, Penn. is of Pennsylvania Dutch extraction; the latter, born in Franklin County, Penn. is of Irish origin. Jacob R. Welsh was a hatter by trade; and carried on business for several years at Waynesboro, where he still resides. The family consisted of eight children, six now living. Philip B. the third born, received his schooling in Waynesboro.

His first work was done in the service of his country. He enlisted, in 1862, in Company A, One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 126th Regiment, for nine months, but remained ten months. In 1864 he re-enlisted, this time in Company L, Twenty-first Pennsylvania Cavalry, 182nd Regiment, and was second sergeant when honorably discharged at the close of the war. He participated, in several engagements, among which may be named Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Cold Harbor, and in all the subsequent battles up to the time of the surrender of Gen. Lee in 1865, and he was present when that general handed his sword to Gen. Grant.

At the close of the war he returned to Waynesboro, but in the same year went to Springfield, Ill. where he studied dentistry and also dental surgery. He entered the practice of his chosen profession in 1866. In 1881 he returned to Waynesboro and established his office on Main Street, where he attends strictly to business, and is much attached to his profession.

Our subject was united in marriage in 1884 with May Reamer, of German origin, born in Pennsylvania, daughter of J.F. Reamer, of Williamsport, Penn. who was for many years a prominent school-teacher. Mrs. Welsh is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics Dr. Welsh is a Democrat. He is a member of the G.A.R. and has been adjutant and quartermaster of the post at Waynesboro. He is also a member of the K. of P. and R.A.

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