Let me begin this by saying that this is something that has bugged me for a while. My heritage is distinctly Welsh (my grandfather and father are both native-born Welsh and my mother's Irish blood can be traced back to Wales as well) and I have traveled through the parts of the North where the Welsh predominantly settled (the coal mines of Pennsylvania, particularly Bryn Mawr and that area and New Jersey). But apart from reading a few obscure stories about the letters home from Welsh soldiers in the Union Army and the fact that the Welsh were enthusiastically pro-Union, I don't really know much about the Welsh experience within Union forces, which is frustrating since the Irish have their own regiments and brigades and the Germans had 11th Corps. Does anyone know any information about this topic and, if so, what units of the Union army were majority Welsh? This is important to me from a heritage point of view and I wish to personify a Welsh miner out west for Shiloh. Thanks for your time!
Pvt. B. James Thomas Williams
2nd Volunteer Garrison, OK State University