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Manuscript Group 333
GEORGE WASHINGTON FENN PAPERS
1829, 1861-1927 & undated
.75 cubic feet


Born in Lichfiel, Connecticut, George Washington Fenn (1845-1866) enlisted as a private in Company A, 127th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers in 1862. He later served as a 2nd Leiutenant in Company I, 181st Regiment, and was eventually promoted to the rank of captain in Company C, 201st Regiment, Penmnsylvania Volunteers. Fenn saw action at a number of engagements, including Manassas Gap, Virginia and served as a judge advocate for military court martial cases. He was captured in 1865 and later escaped, dying in 1866 of a sickness probably contracted during his military service.

Fenn's military papers include: Commissions, General and Special Orders, and a Journal of Court Martial Cases at Alexandria, Virginia, 1864-1865; soldiers' memorials for Co. D, 11th Regiment and Company C, 201st Regiment, undated; pension application papers, 1877-1888; Fenn's correspondence to his wife (Mrs Anna Robert Fenn) 1863-1865; general family correspondence, 1866-1927 & undated; copies of the Upper Dauphin Register, 1864-1865; genealogical materials, undated; diary of Samuel K. Dietrich, 1862-1864; undated photographs of Fenn, his wife and various family members and the family home in Portland, Oregon; and a Roberts family Bible. Fenn's military uniform accessories were donated to the William Penn Memorial Museum.




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