Personal War Sketch Questionnaires

Espy Post Manuscript Collection

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a veterans organization formed in 1866. Membership consisted of honorably discharged Union soldiers, sailors and marines of the Civil War. This collection contains the biographical and military information on the members, business correspondence, and national and department encampments for the Captain Thomas Espy Post 153, Department of Pennsylvania. This page contains data from completed membership applications, transfer cards, and the adjutant’s report of deaths.

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Personal War Sketch Questionnaires

A popular example of a GAR post record that surfaced just before the turn of the century was known as the “Personal War Sketches.” As veterans gathered in their posts they delivered formally written narratives. The veteran either completed a pre-printed questionnaire or sat with the Post Historian and dictated his personal accounting of his participation in the war. Once completed these narratives were written in a ledger size leather-bound book. Many named friends in their company, provide details of wounds received, and the horrors of imprisonment.

Baum, Augustus
Beard, James W.
Bell, Moses
Bowman, Daniel
Boyce, John M.
Boyce, Joseph
Boyle, Philip
Brown, James T.
Caldwell, James McHenry
Chalfont, Joseph B.
Chambers, William
Chaplin, John
Evans, Reese E.
Glenn, William J.
Hartz, Peter H.
Hartzall, David R.
Holland, Enoch Phillips
Hultz, John E.
Johnston, James W.
Lea, William H.H.
Lea, Thomas Nixon
Lister, Ernest
McDonald, Charles
McGrogan, James
McGuillen, Robert
McIntosh, William
McMillen, William C.
Nesbit, John Woods
Pascoe, Thomas
Patterson, John
Philips, Newton H.
Rattigan, Frank
Rice, Daniel H.
Robb, James Harvey
Safford, James Broderick
Schriber, Thomas
Snyder, William Melchior
Trimble, John
Walker, William
Wilhelm, George