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Gable (William Marton) Correspondence
mssHM 49347-49419  
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Description
William Marton Gable was a plasterer and served in the Union Army during the United States Civil War. This collection consists primarily of letters from Gable to his mother Martha Gable and his sister.
Background
William Marton Gable was a plasterer from Allenville, Pennsylvania. In September 1861, at the age of twenty-six, Gable enlisted in Company C of the 45th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. From December 1861 to July 1862, his company's regiment was stationed at Bay Point, Seabrook and Pope's Plantation on Hilton Head Island, and then in Elliot's Plantation on Broad River, South Carolina. During the Antietam Campaign, Gable took part in the battle of South Mountain on October 9, 1862. In November and December, he worked as a nurse at a makeshift hospital in Middletown, Maryland, tending to the soldiers wounded in that battle. On April 20, 1863, Gable injured his ankle and was discharged according to a surgeon's certificate. In March 1864, he re-enlisted and served as Corporal of Company K of the 22nd Regiment of Pennsylvania Cavalry. He was mortally wounded in a skirmish near Berryville, West Virginia, and died on August 21, 1864.
Extent
1.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
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