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Norval E. Welch
Class of: 1860

Norval E. Welch was born in Michigan about 1835. Raised in the Ann Arbor area, he studied law at the University of Michigan, graduating in 1860 with the very first law department class. On August 22, 1861, he enlisted to serve in the Civil War as an officer, and eventually was promoted to the rank of Full Colonel on May 18, 1863. He commanded the 16th Michigan Infantry during the battle of Gettysburg, successfully defending Little Round Top on July 2, 1863. He was killed in action at the Battle of Peebles’ Farm, Poplar Grove Church, Virginia, on Sept. 30, 1864.

--Contributed by Jodee Jernigan 
Sources:  U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles; US Census data (1850 & 1860).
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