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Pride of Columbia:  The Life and Legacy of Brig. Gen. Thomas Welsh

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Basic Facts about the life of Gen. Thomas Welsh:


  • Born in Columbia, Pennsylvania in 1824


  • Mexican War, 1846-1848
    • Enlisted in 2nd Kentucky regiment
    • Severely wounded at Buena Vista
    • 2nd Lt., 11th U.S. infantry regiment


  • between the wars, 1848-1861
    • dry goods merchant, insurance agent, canal boat operator, Justice of the Peace
    • married Annie Young (1831-1894) of Wrightsville, 1850
    • Children: Alice (b.1851), Mary (b.1853), Effie (b.1855), Addie (1856-1858), Lillie (b.1858), Blanton (b.1860), Thomas Anna (b.1863)


  • Capt., the “Columbia Company;” Lt. Col., 2nd Penna   regiment; 1861


  • Commandant of Camp Curtin


  • Colonel of the 45th Penna. regiment


  • Distinguished service at South Mountain & Antietam


  • Brigadier General; brevetted 1862, commissioned 1863


  • Served in support of Gen. Grant at Vicksburg


  • Died of malaria in Cincinnati in 1863


  • Published Biographical Sketches


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