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Pennsylvania Civil War Soldiers' Personal Histories



Diaries & Histories Written by Pennsylvania soldiers






PA Civil War Diaries



  • Captain James Wren Diary
    Extracts from the Civil War Diary of Captain James Wren of Pottsville, Schuylkill County, PA. In his diary, he talks about the men of Pottsville under his command. Humorous and insightful!


  • Henry Keiser diary
    Diary describes Private Henry Keiser 's part in battle of Gettysburg


  • Charles P. Potts diary
    Diary describes Lieutenant Charles P. Potts ' part in battle of Gettysburg





PA Civil War Regimental Histories








PA Civil War Letters Home



  • Joseph A. Winters letter
    Letter written by Joseph A. Winters CO. B, 7th Regiment requesting a Philadelphia hospital volunteer look in on his friend.


  • Francis Reed letters
    Letters written by Sgt. Francis Reed of Port Carbon describing his life as a POW.


  • Samuel Russel letter
    Letters written by Captain Samuel Russel of Pottsville describing the battle of Gettysburg.


  • Lieut Francis Flanagan
    Removal Request Letters Written by his Company, 133rd Regiment, Company F



  • Draft Riots
    Letter by PA Governor describes Civil War Draft Riots


  • Enrollment Arrest
    Letter by Provost Marshal describing enrollment disturbance





PA Civil War Speeches



  • 2nd Invasion of Pennsylvania
    Memorial of the Patriotism of Schuylkill County in the American Slaveholder's Rebellion, by Benjamin Bannan , Pottsville, PA, 1865, Pg. 371-2.










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