From the December 8, 2016, Harrisburg (Pa.) Herald "Civil War soldier's letters donated to Schuykill County Historical Society" by Stephen J. Pytak.
Major William W. Clemens, of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, wrote numerous letters home. On Friday, October 7, 2017, Mary Jean Pelham, 82, of Ellington, Connecticut, dropped off 172 letters, some as long as 3-4-5 pages.
He was born in Pottsville on November 21, 1838, and Clemens graduated from West Chester Academy in April 1861. He joined the Washington Artillerists as a private and marched with the Pennsylvania First defenders to defend Washington, D.C.. They arrived at Harrisburg on April 18, 1861.