Peter C. Kelsch

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Description Ambrotype on ruby glass, tinted and gold painted, with embossed brass mat with scroll opening; and embossed brass preserver of Peter C. Kelsch.

Year Range from 1861
Event Civil War
Film Size 4" x 5"
Year range to 1862
Medium Glass/Photographic Emulsion/Brass/Paint
Neg # 23461
Notes Three-quarter seated view image of Peter C. Kelsch, Pvt., Company A, 11th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry. He wears a forage cap; light blue wool trousers; Wisconsin state issue five-button fatigue blouse with stand-up collar and light blue trim; accouterment belt with "US" buckle; cartridge box sling with eagle breast plate; bayonet with scabbard; a bowie knife in his belt; and a colt revolver in his belt. He holds in his hand a .69 caliber musket with shoulder sling.
Peter Kelsch(Kellech/Kelch) enlisted in the above regiment at Mazomanie on September 8, 1861. He was wounded at Black River Bridge in Mississippi in 1863 and transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps on August 10, 1864. He was mustered out on September 27, 1864 at the expiration of his term of service. His name first appears (various spellings) in the Oshkosh City Directories in 1883 as a cooper. Peter was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in the city of Oshkosh, Winnebago County. He provided information that he was a Private in Company A, 11th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and also a Private in Company K, of the Veteran Reserve Corps. He provided his dates of service as having been from Sept. 8, 1861 to Sept. 27, 1864. He added that he had received a gunshot wound to his left leg. Peter was listed in the veteran section of the 1895 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Oshkosh, then as a veteran of Company K, 4th Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry (this is an error and should have been 4th Veteran Reserve Corps). Peter was listed in 1905 as a cooper for the Cook & Brown Company and residing at 56 Oxford Street in Oshkosh. Bessie, Sylvia and Mabel Kelsch were then residing at that same address.
Object ID P2004.28
Object Name Ambrotype
People Kelsch, Peter C.
Print size 4.25" x 6.5"
Subjects Portrait photographs
Civil War
11th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Title Peter C. Kelsch
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