A Guide to the Captain Isaiah A. Welch Correspondence, 1866-1867 Welch, Captain Isaiah A., Correspondence Ms2009-094

A Guide to the Captain Isaiah A. Welch Correspondence, 1866-1867

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Collection Number Ms2009-094


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Processed by: Lora Settle Special Collections Staff

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2009-094
Title
Captain Isaiah A. Welch Correspondence, 1866-1867
Physical Characteristics
1 folder; 0.1 cu. ft.
Language
English
Abstract
This letter from Captain Isaiah A. Welch to Captain Crispin Dickenson details Welch's desire to get back in touch with Dickenson, following their Civil War service together. A shopping list of Captain Crispin Dickenson's is also included.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Captain Isaiah A. Welch Correspondence must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Captain Isaiah A. Welch Correspondence, Ms2009-094 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Captain Isaiah A. Welch Correspondence was purchased by Special Collections in 2009.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Captain Isaiah A. Welch Corrrespondence commenced and was completed in June 2009.

Biographical Information

While Captain Isaiah A. Welch's tombstone in Bramwell, West Virginia, marks his birth as March 3, 1823, it is more probably that he was born in 1829. Welch was born in Doddridge County, Virginia–now part of West Virginia. He worked as a civil engineer before and after the Civil War. During the war, he served on the field staff as Assistant Quartermaster for the 13 th Battalion, Virginia Light Artillery. Welch's most enduring legacy, however, may be his work in the West Virginia coal fields. He died in 1902. The town of Welch, West Virginia, is named after him.

Captain Cripsin Dickenson (Dickerson) was born on December 6, 1832 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Dickenson, a physician, and his wife, Mary C. (Catherine), had three sons: Charles T. (b. abt. 1856), Daniel C. (b. abt.1857), and John C. (b. abt.1859). Dickenson enlisted with the Confederate Army in Company B ("Ringgold" Battery), 13 th Battalion, Virginia Light Artillery. A 1 st Lieutenant at the time of his enlistment in 1862, he was promoted to Captain only a year later. On April 9, 1865, Dickenson surrendered his regiment at Appomattox Court House. From 1885 to 1887, he served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Richard T. "Dick" Miller (b. 1842) served in the 18 th Regiment, Virginia Infantry, before being transferred to the 13 th Battalion, Virginia Light Artillery, where he became Quartermaster Sergeant in the "Ringgold" Battery. After his capture at Petersburg, Miller was a prisoner at Point Lookout from April 4-June 16, 1865. Following the war, he worked as a laborer.

For additional information, see:

Biographical Publishing Company. Men of West Virginia. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1903.
Cavanaugh, Michael A. The Otey, Ringgold, and Davidson Virginia Artillery. Virginia Regimental History Series. Lynchburg, Va: H.E. Howard, 1993.

Scope and Content

The collection contains a letter from Captain Isaiah A. Welch to his former fellow officer, Crispin Dickenson. Welch's intention was to "renew the friendly relations which our contact and association during two or three years of hardships and common suffering begot..." The letter also depicts some of the post-war difficulties of Confederate soldiers, particularly in Welch's portrayal of Richard Miller's circumstances. The collection also contains a handwritten shopping list.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Dickenson, Crispin
  • Welch, Isaiah A.
  • Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Folder 1
Letter, 1866.
Folder 1
Shopping list, 1867.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Cavanaugh, Michael A
  • Dickenson, Crispin
  • Welch, Isaiah A.