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The Col. William Brisbane Papers consist of 133 documents covering a span of thirty-three years, from 1858 to 1891, with the bulk of these springing from Brisbane’s service in the American Civil War from 1861 to 1863. The early documents of the collection illustrate Brisbane’s personal service, containing such items as his own commission and discharge papers for the Pennsylvania Volunteers as well as an invitation to dinner at the house of his brigade commander, Winfield Scott Hancock.

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Collection Size

.50 cubic feet

Publication Date

May 2014


Civil War, Civil War Correspondence, 8th Pennsylvania, 49th Pennsylvania, Army of the Potomac, Battle of Antietam, Pennsylvania Emergency Militia, Battle of Gettysburg, Winfield Scott Hancock


History | Military History | United States History

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Finding Aid

MS-162: Col. William Brisbane Papers