Thomas Welsh(1824 - 1863)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Command Billet: Brigade Commander
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, IX Corps
see his Battle Report
Before the Antietam Campaign:
Pre-War Profession: Businessman, saw service during the Mexican war (discharged 1848), was then a merchant, canalboat owner, justice of the peace, and lock superintendent at Columbia. In April 1861 he organized and recruited a company of the 11th Pennsylvania Regiment, and was appointed LCol. In October he was appointed Colonel of the 45th Pennsylvania, and in 1862 commanded the 2nd Brigade/1st Division at Charleston Harbor.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He commanded the Second Brigade of the First (Willcox's) Division of the Ninth (IX) Army Corps.
The remainder of the War:
In November 1862 he was appointed BGen. of Volunteers (appointment expired), then commanded the 45th again at Fredericksburg. He was reappointed Brigadier General in March 1863 and commanded the 1st Division/IX Corps in the Vicksburg campaign. At Vicksburg he contracted malaria and died.
More on the Web:
See more about him in a brief bio from John David Hoptak.
Death Place: Vicksburg, MS
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