Wolpert Family Papers, 1861-1864, 1945

Call Number:  MG-685

1 box     4 folders

Repository:  LancasterHistory (Organization); PV7

Shelving Location:  Archives South, Side 14

Scope and Content Note:  This collection contains letters from Private Peter Wolpert to his brother during the Civil War. In addition here are records of Peter Wolpert’s military service including the Company E, Regiment 1, Pennsylvania Reserves Infantry Muster Roll, plus that unit’s Casualty Sheet and an information card from the Pennsylvania State Archives, all which indicate he died in action at Antietam. And the collection also has a Lancaster Intelligencer Journal newspaper article about Peter Wolpert’s son Charles, as he remembers President James Buchanan’s funeral.

Creator:  Wolpert family.

Conditions for Access:  No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions:  Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language:  English, German

Source of Acquisition:  Gift of Elizabeth A. Weidler and Martha L. Bull, 8 March 2013.

Accruals:  No further accruals are expected.

Preferred Citation:  Wolpert Family Papers (MG-685), Folder #, LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pa.

Subject Headings:

Wolpert, Peter, d. 1882.

Wolpert, Lorenz.

Wolpert, Charles.

Family records. (LHo-LOC sh 85047062)

United States–History–Civil War, 1861-1865. (LHo-LOC sh 85140205)

Search Terms:

Civil War

Family records

Finding aids


Manuscript groups

Military records

Processing History:  This collection has been documented, preserved and managed according to professional museum and archives standards. The finding aid was updated using DACS conventions.


Folder 1 Letters in German from Peter Wolpert and translations

Insert 1 Letters in German from Peter Wolpert to his brother Lorenz. 4 February 1862, 4 August 1862.

Insert 2 Translations of letters in Insert 1 from Peter Wolpert, as a Union Army private in the Civil War, to his brother Lorenz describing bad weather conditions and his own good health, meeting neighbor and fellow soldier, Johann Wittlinger, and that he cannot write any news. “I think you can see it in the newspapers.”


Folder 2 Peter Wolpert’s military records, 1861-1864

Peter Wolpert, Company Muster Roll, Company E, 1st Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry. 1861-1864. (photocopy)

Peter Wolpert, Casualty Sheet, Company E, Regiment 1, Reserve Infantry, Pennsylvania, Wounded 16-17 September 1862. (photocopy)

Peter Wolpert, Pennsylvania State Archives Civil War information card. (photocopy)


Folder 3 Newspaper articles

Charles Wolpert remembers funeral of President James Buchanan in a 4 June 1945 newspaper article that also mentions the death of his father, Peter Wolpert, in the Civil War. (photocopies)


Folder 4  Restricted—Do Not Use

Handwritten transcription of the August 1862 letter in Folder 1 (partial). Use the original letter and typed transcription in Folder 1, Insert 2.

Original newspaper article. Use the photocopy in Folder 3.