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William C. Eichelberger Papers - MS 721

Introduction | Biographical Sketch | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory

Introduction

The William Eichelberger Papers were donated to the Center for Archival Collections (CAC) in September 1994, by William C. Eichelberger, Spencerville, Ohio, with the assistance of Paul Yon, Director of the CAC. The papers consist of Civil War memoirs, family history files, a few letters, newspapers and military records of William's relatives. The dates of the papers span from 1826 to 1992. The collection is approximately one-half linear foot in size.

No restrictions exist on the research use of this collection. The collection was arranged and finding aid written by Naaman Wright, student intern, in September 2004.

Biographical Sketch

The Eichelberger and Carman families are documented in this collection. William C. Eichelberger's great-grandfather, Joseph, lived from 1795 to 1854 and resided in Maryland. He married Elizabeth Hoke and together they had nine children. One of their sons, Michael, lived from 1831 to 1892 and married Anna Favorite. One of their sons, Claude, is the father of William C. Eichelberger. Claude lived from 1871 to 1938 and married Charlotte Carman. William C. Eichelberger resides, as of 1994, in Spencerville, Ohio, and has no offspring.

Grayson M. Eichelberger, great-uncle of William C., enlisted as a private soldier in Company B, Maryland Infantry, in 1862 and served throughout the Civil War. During that service he was promoted to sergeant, and then to First Lieutenant of Company D on November 17, 1864. On April 2, 1865, he was promoted to captain by brevet, and confirmed in that rank on April 13, 1865, for Company G. His memoir is included in this collection. Isaac H. Carman, grandfather of William C., joined the 48th Ohio Infantry and earned a Congressional Medal of Honor at the Battle of Vicksburg.

Scope and Content

The William C. Eichelberger Papers consist of one-half linear foot of correspondence, genealogical files, memoirs, reports, and newspapers. The correspondence includes three letters and a Christmas card. Of interest are photocopies of two letters written by Joseph Eichelberger, dated 1826. The genealogical files are taken from a family Bible and provide information on the family from the 1700s to the early 1900s.

Of most research value in this collection is the memoir of G.M. Eichelberger, which largely documents his Civil War service. Information on Isaac Carman and his Congressional Medal of Honor is also of interest. Additional military history is provided by the medical reports filed by William L. Carman, uncle to William C., while serving with the medical corps during World War I.

Series Description

CORRESPONDENCE

JOSEPH EICHELBERGER CORRESPONDENCE
1826
Includes two letters-one to his future wife, Elizabeth Hoke, and one to his brother.

WILLIAM C. EICHELBERGER CORRESPONDENCE
1944-1945
Includes a short letter to Clair Fultz and a Christmas card to the Fultz family

SUBJECT FILES

GENEALOGICAL FILES
Dates span from 1700s to early 1900s.
Includes birth, death, marriage information on the Eichelberger family

ISAAC H. CARMAN FILE
1916, 1992, n.d.
Arranged chronologically
Includes a printed memoir about the Civil War battle in which he received the Congressional Medal of Honor, a copy of the Medal of Honor certificate, and a newspaper clipping.

LITERARY PRODUCTIONS

CIVIL WAR MEMOIR
1912
Includes the typed reminiscences of G. M. Eichelberger, most of which document his service during the Civil War.

REPORTS

MILITARY MEDICAL REPORTS
1917-1918
Arranged chronologically
Includes reports of sick and wounded, various identification cards, statement of hospital and sanitary reports, return of medical property, daily field report of patients and transfer requests.

SCRAPBOOKS AND SCRAPBOOK MATERIALS

NEWSPAPERS
1944-1945
Arranged chronologically
Includes military newspapers such as The Arrowhead, Depot Observer, Bamboo Bulletin, and Free Philippines.

Inventory

Box 1

Folder

  1. Eichelberger genealogical file, c. 1700s-early 1900s.
  2. Joseph Eichelberger letters, 1826
  3. Civil War Memoir of G. M. Eichelberger, 1912
  4. Isaac H. Carman Civil War file, 1916, 1992, n.d.
  5. W.L. Carman military medical reports, 1917-1918
  6. W. C. Eichelberger correspondence, 1944, 1945
  7. Newspapers, 1944-1945

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