MS - 022: David McConaughy Papers
MS-022: The Papers of David McConaughy, 1823-1902
(4 boxes, 1.08 cubic feet)
Inclusive Dates: 1823-1902
Processed by: Jaclyn Campbell
Provenance: Donated by the McConaughy family, 1932
DavidMcConaughy, born in 1823, was the grandson of Irish immigrants who settled in
He formed a company of scouts at the beginning of the Civil War called the Adams Rifles of which he was the captain. Less than two weeks after the Battle of Gettysburg, McConaughy desired to form a national cemetery for the war victims of the Battle of Gettysburg to be located on the Battlefield. He began to purchase lots of the battlefield for this memorial and asked veterans of the battle to contribute financially. In late August of 1869, McConaughy organized a reunion of the soldiers who fought at
McConaughy served as a state senator for Adams and
McConaughy was also instrumental in establishing the nearby
The McConaughy collection is arranged into four series. Series I: History of the Battle, Series II: McConaughy Family History, Series III: Correspondence Regarding the Soldiers' Reunion of August 1869, and Series IV: Establishment of a National Ceremony.
Scope and Content Notes:
The McConaughy collection is composed primarily of correspondence and contains information about the history of the battle, the McConaughy Family History, correspondence regarding the Soldiers’ Reunion of August 1869, and the establishment of the National Cemetery and all administrative matters required therein.
Reports of General George M. Meade is included in this collection, as well as correspondence from General Robert E. Lee and General George M. Meade in regards to the Soldier’s Reunion of 1869 and correspondence from General U.S. Grant regarding his election to Honorary Director of the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association.
For additional information concerning the Adams Rifles, see also Civil War Vertical Files 1 and 2.