William Marton Gable Correspondence mssHM 49347-49419

Gina C Giang
The Huntington Library
April 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: William Marton Gable correspondence
Creator: Gable, William Marton, 1835-1864
Identifier/Call Number: mssHM 49347-49419
Physical Description: 1.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
Date (inclusive): 1852-1886
Abstract: 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.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. William Marton Gable correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from William H. Allen, January 1983.

Biographical / Historical

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.

Scope and Contents

The William Marton Gable correspondence consists primarily of letters from Gable to his mother, Martha Gable and his sister from 1852 to 1886. The letters cover the entire period of Gable's service in the Union Army and contain descriptions of the camp life, hospitals, the military actions, including the bombardment of Fort Pulaski and the Battle of South Mountain. Also included are two prewar promissory notes, Gable's disability discharge, and letters from Gable's chaplain and commanding officers regarding the circumstances of his death and pension rights.

Processing Information

Processed by Huntington staff, circa mid-20th century. In 2020, Gina C Giang created a finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.


Arranged chronologically.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Maryland Campaign, 1862 -- Personal narratives
Pennsylvania -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories -- Sources
South Carolina -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Military records -- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Personal papers -- Pennsylvania -- Civil War, 1861-1865
United States. Army. Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment, 22nd (1864-1865)
United States. Army. Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 45th (1861-1865)

Box 1

Correspondence mssHM 49347-49419   1852-1886