Collection Title: Records of Captain Francis M. Guss, 97th Regt. PA Volunteers
Collection Number: 144
Dates of Collection: 1861-1864
Box Numbers: 1-2
Repository: Chester County Historical Society
Project Archivist: Joseph L. Weber
This collection consists of accounting records of military stores, hospital records, and miscellaneous correspondence during the Civil War.
Records of Captain Francis M. Guss, 97th Regt. PA Volunteers, 1861 – 1864
Manuscript Collection 144
Arranged and described by: Joseph L. Weber 2005
Records of Capt.Francis M. Guss, 97th PA Vols.,1861-1864
Table of Contents:
Biographical Notes:…………………………………………………………….. 3
Near the close of July, 1861, Henry R. Guss, a citizen of West Chester, who had
commanded a company in the Ninth Regiment of the three months’ service, received authority from the Secretary of War to recruit a regiment for three years.
Ninth Regiment, Company A PA National Guards West Chester, Chester County
Mustered in April 24, 1861 9th Regiment
Henry R. Guss
Francis M. Guss
Enrolling in the 97th was immediately commenced, and in two months’ time its ranks were full.
Companies D and I were principally from Delaware county. The remaining companies were from the county of Chester. A large proportion of officers and men had served in the three months’ campaign, and militia organizations. The companies rendezvoused at Camp Wayne, near the borough of West Chester, where an organization was effected by the selection of the following field officers: ·
Henry R. Guss, Colonel 7/28/1825 – 4/25/1907
Great Grandfather Charles was born in Baden Germany (emigrated to Montgomery County).
Father; Samuel and Mother; Sevenia Ruhl
Brother; Francis M.
July 1861 – Colonel in gyth Regiment – resigned in June of 1864 Proprietor of Green Tree Hotel in West Chester
Owned a brick yard
Had a corn field on Bradford Ave as a hobby Home on corner of South Church St. and Dean St. Related to William F. (Buffalo Bill) Cody.
Member of George A. McCall Post #31 GAR Buried in Oaklands Cemetery.
Augustus P. Duer 1 Lieutenant Colonel
Galusha Pennypacker 1 Major
Clothing, arms, and equipments were furnished from the arsenal in Philadelphia, and the drill and discipline of the command was commenced. An excellent Band, consisting of twenty-two members, was attached to it. A school for commissioned officers, conducted by Colonel Guss, was established, and also one for non commissioned officers, conducted by line officers. The citizens of Chester County contributed freely of whatever could add to the health and comfort of the men.
Francis M. Guss: Captain of 9ih PAV Company “A” 10/12/1861.
Wife Mary C. Pugh; married 4/17/1853 Home on East Gay St.
Entered military service 4/22/1861- 3/29/1861 (3 month enlistment in PA 9th) as 1st Lieutenant.
Wounded at Foster’s Place, Bermuda Hundred VA. 5/18/1864. Discharged at Annapolis 10/3/1864 for wounds of right knee.-
Owned a livery Stable on Market St. near Walnut St
This collection consists of accounting records of military stores, Hospital records and miscellaneous correspondence during the Civil War.
Type of record by date
Box Number 1 Folder
1 Muster Rolls 2 Muster Rolls 3 Muster Rolls 4 Muster Rolls
5 Muster Rolls 6 Muster Rolls
7 Return of Ordnance 8 Return of Ordnance 9 Return of Ordnance 10 Return of Ordnance 11 Return of Ordnance 12 Return of Ordnance 13 Return of Ordnance 14 Return of Ordnance 15 Return of Ordnance 16 Return of Ordnance 17 Return of Ordnance 18 Return of Ordnance 19 Return of Ordnance
20 Return of Ordnance Captain Galusha Pennypacker 21 Miscellaneous letters
1/1862 – 8/1862
9/1862 – 12/1862
1/1863 – 6/1863
7/1863 – 12/1863
4th Quarter 1861
1st Quarter 1862
2nd Quarter 1862
3rd Quarter 1862
4th Quarter 1862
1st Quarter 1863
2nd Quarter 1863
3rd Quarter 1863
4th Quarter 1863
1st Quarter 1864
2nd Quarter 1864
3rd Quarter 1864
4th Quarter 1864 3rd & 4th Quarter 1864