Bucks County Civil War Round Table Library and Museum collection
Held at: Bucks County Civil War Round Table Library and Museum [Contact Us]32 N. Broad Street, Doylestown, PA, 18901
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 their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
"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."
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.
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.
Items collected at various times from various sources. Some items were donated; others are on short-term or permanent loan.
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.
- 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
- 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.
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