(c. 1843 - 1864)
Home State: Massachusetts
Branch of Service: Cavalry
An unmarried 18 year old laborer in Chicopee, MA, he enlisted on 9 September 1861 in Springfield, MA and mustered as Private, Company D, 5th New York Cavalry on 19 September. Companies B and D of the regiment "suffered terribly" in action at Front Royal, VA on 23 May 1862 and they, including Welch, were detailed to serve as artillerymen in Battery F of the 4th United States Artillery (Lt. F.B. Crosby) in June 1862.
On the Campaign
He was with the Battery in action at Antietam in 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
Welch the other men of Companies B and D returned to duty with their regiment in October 1862. He reenlisted in December 1863 but was captured in a skirmish at Ely's Ford, VA on the Rapidan River two days before he was due to take his reenlistment furlough, about 19 January 1864. He was held at Belle Isle, Richmond, VA, then sent to Andersonville, GA in February 1864. He died there of disease on 18 October 1864.
References & notes
c. 1843 in IRELAND
10/18/1864 Andersonville, GA; burial in Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville National Historic Site, GA