MG 109 - Dull Family Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains Civil War papers which center around the Confederate advance toward Harrisburg in 1863. They include a series of telegraph messages from Gen. Couch to Gen. Knipe and other communications between officers stationed near Oyster's Point, Carlisle, Scotland, & Chambersburg. The skirmish at Oyster's Point is described in a series of interviews in 1899-1900 with eight eye-witnesses. A long narrative written by Henry C. Demming describes Harrisburg at the time of the invasion of Pennsylvania in June and July, 1863. It lists the roster of names of the men who were members of the companies formed to defend the town.

The earliest documents in the collection include original manuscripts of Dauphin County tax statements from 1785-1791, as well as county bills and prison records. There are also copies of handwritten original manuscripts of state laws from 1836-1866 including the repeal of a premium on wolf and fox scalps, 1849; authorization to organize a state militia, 1864; to build State roads in Dauphin County; and the regulation of the printing and distribution of pamphlets in the German language, 1840.

Also includes a certificate of membership in the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry issued to Casper Dull V in July, 1890.


The Dull family emigrated to Dauphin County from Montgomery County shortly after the Revolutionary War and was involved in the construction of the general improvements of the undeveloped county. James Junkin Dull was a construction contractor who built railroads, canals and other waterways. His son, Casper, born in 1854 was a member of the Dauphin County Bar for many years, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Home for the Friendless, served as a trustee of the Harrisburg Public Library, and a member of various bodies of Freemasonry. He died at his home on North Front Street, Harrisburg in 1938.

Date(s): 1785-1900

Extent: 1 box, 9 folders, 106 enclosures