Civil War Soldier Cdv Capt James Wren 48th Pa Infantry Pottsville Pa For Sale
CDV of Officer James Wren. Capt of the 48th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Wren kept a detailed Diary of his service which can be found on many internet sites. His servant was Nick offerdle widely recognized as the first person wounded during the Civil War. I did find one photograph of Wren but it was him as an older man. What a great addition this will be to the history of the 48th Pennsylvania and the First Defenders. I am adding a short biography of Wren written in Pottsville just after his death.
When on April 15, 1861, President Lincoln called for 75,000 men, Major Wren, then captain of the Washington Artillery, Pottsville, prepared for service. Two days before he had offered his command to the governor, and this offer had been accepted. They left Pottsville April 17th, without uniforms and arms, arriving in Harrisburg that evening. There they joined the Ringgold Artillery of Reading; the National Light Artillery of Pottsville; the Logan Guards of Lewistown; and the Allen Guards of Allentown, and all left for Washington, D. C. The entire party, except for thirty-four old Springfield rifles and the pistols of the officers, was unarmed. Their trip from Harrisburg through Baltimore to Washington, and the attending riots, is a matter of history and is well known to every student. On their arrival in Washington, joined by troops from Massachusetts, they became known as the "First Defenders." At the end of his three months' term of enlistment, Capt. Wren returned home, and organized company B, of the 48th Pa. V. I., of which he became captain, serving as such until he became major. He had an honorable record, and was the recipient of a gold medal from congress. His interest in military affairs was unabated with advancing years, and he was ever an ardent worker in the Grand Army of the Republic.
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