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Federal (USV)


James Miller Welch

(1836 - 1907)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Pennsylvania Reserves (1st Rifles)

Before Antietam

A 25 year old lumberman in Curwensville, he enlisted in Clearfield County and mustered into service as 2nd Lieutenant, Company K, 13th Pennsylvania Reserves on 29 May in Harrisburg. He was captured at Mechanicsville, VA on 26 June 1862 and held at Libby Prison in Richmond, VA. He was exchanged (for Capt. Christopher Robertson, 50th Tennessee Infantry) on 27 August and returned to duty.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain on 21 March 1863 but transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps on 28 June 1863. He mustered out of service in June 1866.

After the War

He moved from Curwensville to a farm in Wakeeney, KS in 1878 and to Topeka in 1895.

References & notes

His service from Bucktails 1 and the Card File.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Ellen Mason (1843-1910) in 1865 and they had 7 children.


02/1836; Pike Township, Clearfield County, PA


1907; Topeka, KS; burial in Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, KS


1   Thomson, O. R. Howard, and William H. Rauch, History of the "Bucktails", Kane Rifle Regiment of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps (13th Pennsylvania Reserves, 42nd of the Line), Philadelphia: Electric Printing Co., 1906, pg. 426  [AotW citation 22992]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 22993]