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N.E. Welch

N.E. Welch

Federal (USV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Norval E. Welch

(c. 1835 - 1864)

Home State: Michigan

Education: U of Michigan Law, Class of 1860

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 16th Michigan Infantry

Before Antietam

From Ann Arbor, he graduated in the first class of the University of Michigan Law School in 1860. At age 26 he enlisted on 22 August 1861 in Detroit and was commissioned Major, 16th Michigan Infantry on 8 September. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 6 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He commanded again, in action on Little Round Top at Gettysburg in July 1863, and was promoted to Colonel (to date from 18 May), but was killed at the battle of Peeble's Farm, Poplar Grove Church, VA on 30 September 1864.

References & notes

His service from the Record of Service.1 Details from a bio sketch from the UM School of Law. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a CDV posted to the MIGenWeb by Dave Gorman.

More on the Web

He's pictured "leaping the parapet" just before his death at Peeble's Farm on 30 September 1864 in an illustration from Harper's Weekly of 22 October 1864 (posted on House Divided).


c. 1835; Pittsfield, MI


09/30/1864; Poplar Grove Church, VA; burial in Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, MI


1   State of Michigan, Office of the Adjutant General, and George H. Brown, Adjutant General; George H. Turner, Asst. AG, compiler, Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 46 volumes, Kalamazoo: Ihling Bros. & Everard, 1904-1915, Vol. 16, pg. 169  [AotW citation 20152]