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The National Grays
The National Grays were the forerunner of the National Guard, but were set up as a
private association, rather than an official army. There were units in a number of major
cities, and some used colors other than gray. The first one seemed to be the National
Grays of Philadelphia, headed by Captain Peter Fritz and was noted in news and
magazine articles as early as 1840. Peter Fritz joined the regular army on the onset of
the Civil War, rising to the rank of General.

This is the Roll of the National Greys [as it was spelled] written by the hand of Lieut.
William A. Thorp. It is scanned to the right of this transcription. The last page has a
pinned paper on it with additional names, it is unknown if these are additional names or
ones who were no longer members when the roll was originally written.
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Roll of the National Greys
1. Captain Peter Fritz

2. Lieut.    Wm A. Thorp

3.     "      Jacob Glause

4.     "      Wm Brian

5. Sergt    J. B. Tripple

6.     "      W. F. Schreiber

7.     "      T. B. Chadwick

8.     "      J. Maxwell

9. Qt. Mast Jas H. Manning

10. Corpl  L. B. Coffin

11.     "     W. Conyers

12.     "     R. Murphy

13.    "      G. B. Moore

14. Private H. G. Lorch

15.    "     J. W. Arnold

16.     "     Jno Farthing

17.     "     L. T. Mears

18.     "     Jno Cotteral

19.     "     R. Halfpenny

20.     "     J. Mansfield

21.     "    Jno. B. Adams
22. Private Jno N. Saphore

23.     "     Jas Osbourne

24.     "     . T. Butler

25.     "     Jas R. White

26.      "     Z. B. Dearry

27.     "     J. R. Torboss

28.     "     T. H. Fenton

29.     "     J. W. Downing

30.     "     D. McDowell

31.     "     B. Bowman

32.     "     A. B. Hargan

33.     "     H. Roberts

34.     "     C. J. Halfpenny

35.     "     S. M. De Groat

36.     "     W. S. Torboss

37.     "     F. Shunk

38.     "     C. Kennedy

39.     "     C. Zeilin

40.     "     Jas P Heaton

41.     "     F. Lecture

42.     "     Jno Fitzpatrick
Military
43. Private Jno B. Hoffman

44.     "     H. Cole

45.     "     H. Cornish

46.     "     C. P. Williams

47.     "     F. Chadwick

48.     "     T. Schreiber

49.     "     J. A. Allen

50.     "     Jas S. Rawlings

51.     "     E. Fortnum

52.     "     W. Langbartel

53.     "     Jno Axson

54.     "     Jno Thorp

55.     "     A. R. Johnson

56.     "     Miles A. Losier

57.     "     James Davenport

58.     "     G. W. Hulfish

59.     "     Peter Woolford

60.     "     Isaac Torboss

61.     "     Peter Kelchenon

62.     "     Charles P. Byard

63.     "     Peter Byard
64. Private Wm Buckius

65.     "     W. J. Bleakley

66.     "     Jacob Spicer

67.     "     H. Ruan

68.     "     Isaiah Bryan

69.     "     Geo D. Patten

70.     "     W. Howe

71.     "     W. Moore

72.     "     E. Taylor

73.     "     C. Ritenhouse

74.     "     J. Thompson

75.     "     J L. Loudenslagher

76.     "     Jno A Rolin

77.     "     Wm Keyser

78.     "     Jno B. Miller

79.     "     Geo Sheppard

80.     "     Edwd Beesley

81.     "     James Beesley

82.     "     Isaac D Osbourne

83.     "     Theodore Esling

84.     "     Peter Keller
85. Private Wm Brown

86.     "     James A. Noble

87.     "     John Reese

88.     "     Joshua Thorp

89.    "     John Choate

90.     "     Anthony Bernard

91.     "     Henry Burks

92.     "     Gilbert R Jordan

93.     "     Andrew Maxwell

94.     "     T. G. Herring

95.     "     Geo Meyers

96.     "     Thos Teese

97.     "     Charles H. Noble

98.     "     Thos White

99. Surgeon Thomas C. Bunting

100. Private E. Williams

101.    "     Leo J Lemmens

102.    "     Jno Furman
Names not on the Roll

Wm Dohnert

Wm Wollmer

J N Withers

Henry Fenner

Samuel Fite

Jas. L Townley

Edward Welsey

J Theiss

Geo Bloom

John Webb

John Reynolds

F Conovey
I certify that this is a true and correct
copy of the Roll of the company of National Greys

                                          Wm A. Thorp