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photoA most interesting 7¾ x 4" document printed in black ink on white paper with a light lilac patterned overlay, this was issued from the Secretary's Office in Madison 9 January 1864 and grants Mrs. J. H. Curtis the amount of $150.00 charged to the Bank of North America, Wall Street, New York. It is signed by Saml Hersting, State Treasurer and retains a 2¢ proprietary stamp. Most interesting and in excellent condition with a neat “x” cancellation visible when held to the light. It has three endorsements on the back.
photo This very large document (30½” x 20¾”) is the official September/October 1863 muster for Lt. Thomas Hughes’ “H” Company under command of Colonel George W. Giles. Under useful comments is the notation that this company was formerly known as the 36th Corps, 2nd Battalion Invalid Corps. In all, there were 95 men in the corps, and at the time of this muster they were stationed at Harewood Hospital in Washington, D.C. 82 men are listed by name and were paid 31 October 1863, each signing to acknowledge receipt of pay, making this a very full and very detailed document. In addition, under remarks, there are notations indicating one having been reduced to ranks, one having been promoted as well as other pertinent situations. Harewood Hospital was a barracks-like group of structures built on the farmland of a wealthy, anti-war banker, W. W. Cochran, the land having been confiscated by the government when Cochran moved to England at the war’s on-set. The muster is in remarkably good condition considering its size and the fact that it was handles by so very many men. I have reinforced it in a few places at the large center fold with invisible archival tape. There is a great deal of history here
photoMichael Sharpe was a private in "B" company of the 82nd regiment of NYS (previously the 2nd militia) from 17 April 1861 until 25 June 1864 when he was honorably discharged at the time when his required term of service expired. At this time he was 27 years old, stood 5' 10" tall and had a light complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. By occupation he was a tobacconist. The discharge is signed by J. M. Baird, Major of the 82nd NY Vols and by what appears to be a Captain Keller comdg of the 17th US Infantry and mustering officer. The second document is the pension certificate granted to Sharpe by the official Bureau of Pensions by an act of June 27, 1890 (invalid pension act) granting him the sum of $10 per month: "this provision being for partial inability to earn a support by manual labor." The pension is dated 12 September 1899. The discharge is readable, but a bit rough because of some careless "scotch-tape" repairs made to the reverse many years ago. The pension is in mint condition. This is a very nice document pair and will come with both personal and regimental history.
photoThis is an interesting little grouping consisting of 11 documents and one envelope. Nine of them are receipts for taxes paid by Mrs. C. Wall of Cynthiana City, six of them handwritten and the final five pre-printed forms completed in black ink. Most are for city taxes, but a couple note school and/or property taxes. They date from 1863 to 1869 consecutively, then 1874 and 75. Included also is a shipping permit whereby Mr. S. L. Wall contracted to have household items shipped from Cynthiana to Covington, KY via the Adams Express Company dated 16 April 1864 and a small, orange cardstock pass to a military encampment for the 1st Regiment of the Kentucky State Guard admitting one W. L. Wall. The envelope notes it contained the tax receipts. Kentucky material is always interesting because of her status as a border state. Each item herein is in very fine condition.
photoThis is a nice, original warrant, the usual 10" x 14¾" printed on unbleached stock. It was issued to Sergeant Job B. Savery "H" Company 40th Mass Volunteer Inf. Savery was a 21-year-old farmer residing in Allteboro Mass, when he enlisted and was mustered in on 1 September 1862 as a Private. He served with this regt until it was mustered out at Chapin's Farm near Richmond at the close of the war. This warrant provides for his promotion to Sergeant on 23 December 1864. The document is signed by Captain John Pollack, regimental commander and 1st Lt. Charles E. Whiting as Company Commander. Whiting was wounded at Drewry's Bluff in May 1864. During his term of service, Savery's regiment saw action in the trenches at Fort Wagner. At Hilton Head they were reorganized as a regiment of mounted infantry, part of the Light Brigade, and participated in the campaign at St. Mary's Creek, Olustee and Cedar Run in the Florida campaign. They were also engaged at Bermuda Hundred, Cold Harbor and Petersburg, and Sgt. Savery would have been among the first of the Union troops to enter Richmond as the 40th entered the city on the morning of April 3 after the evacuation. This is a very scarce document in excellent condition.
photo for "G" Company of the 102nd Illinois Volunteers, this provides for 25 blankets, 9 kettles, 12 mess pans, 5 hatchets and handles, 4 spades, 9 axes, 9 ax halves. It was twice signed by Captain George H. Krug, 1st Lieut F. H. Ruger, RQM, William McMurtry, Cmdg Colonel at Knoxville, Illinois. The document is in excellent condition. Ruger’s soldier history and likeness will accompany this requisition.
photoThis 7½ x 6¼" document was handwritten in black ink on blue paper. The first order of business is a circular dated 14 April 1863, a circular providing for the transportation of forage during the up coming march of the 1st Army Corps. It allows that each battery will take 1 or 2 wagons and carry the remaining forage on the spare horses and in the limber chests by order of Maj Genl Reynolds. The second is General Orders #14 providing that all "sales of whiskey to officers or men by the commissary Department of the division is prohibited by command of Major Genl Doubleday. This one is dated 15 April 1863. On the reverse is General Orders No 45 dated 14 April 1863 requiring regimental commanders, when halted for the night, to firmly establish camp guards an see that no man is absent without proper reason or permission. The orders were given by command of Major General Reynolds. Each of these was written and signed by E. W. Matthews, Major in command of the artillery of the 3rd Division 1st Army Corps. This is an interesting look at what remained behind in the official records of the head quarters.
photoThis requisition is dated 27 July 1863 and is for clothing, camp and garrison equipage for the use of the 5th Conn Vols. It calls for clothing items such as dress coats, jackets, shirts, forage caps and camp items including blankets, knapsacks, haversacks, canteens and shelter tents. What makes this document so special is the fact that it has been signed by Warren W. Packer, the commanding Colonel of the 5th Conn Vols. Packer led the regiment at Gettysburg and his after-battle report is included in the impressive 20-page history of the unit which will accompany this document. The document has also been twice signed by E. K. Carley, 1st Lieut and QM of the 5th Conn. The document measures 8" x 10¼" and is in excellent physical condition. Some of the written ink is light, but Packer's signature, in particular, is quite crisp. A most desirable document.
photoPrepared at Suffolk, VA 4 November 1862, this provides for 5 duly named officers to proceed to Harrisburg, PA to "conduct detachments of drafted recruits to the Head Quarters of their respective Regiments. They will report at the HQ to Major Genl Dix…at Fortress Monroe for further instructions." The officers include Lieut William Bailey 11th PA cavalry, Capt Henry Metcalf, 88th PA Vols, Capt Charles W. May, 101st PA, 2nd Lieut J. Laughlin, 103rd PA and 1st Lieut Lewis Watkins 88th PA. The orders were issued by command of Major General Peck, signed by Brevet General B. Foster and approved and signed by Major General D. T. Van Buren. This last is an important signature. Van Buren served as Dix's Chief of Staff and later as General Hooker's Asst Adj General in the Department of the East.
B840 - C. W. ARMY PASS
photoThis extremely scarce little document was pre-printed with the words, “Confidential – Headquarters Department of Washington, 22nd Army Corps – Orders Countersign for this Day – By command of Major General C. C. Augur” etc. It is dated 3 March 1865 and signed by A. E. King, AAG and L. A. Chamberlain, ADC. The document allowed the bearer to pass within the lines only on the day the pass was issued. It is further significant because of Chamberlain’s countersignature. Lowell A. Chamberlain figured prominently in the Gettysburg campaign and with this pass I will include a photocopy of his actions taken from Lieut Richard S. Milton’s after-battle report and Robert Tyler’s report from the official records. The pass measures 3¾” x 5½” and is in excellent condition.
photoThis note was written from Spring Hill, Alabama 26 April 1865 to Captain Massic AAG, 1st Brigade, 1st Division 13th AC requesting "permission to go to Mobile on business connected with my command" and signed by George W. Taylor, Lt. Cmdg 4th Mass Battery. It was Taylor and his men who occupied Fort Blakely after it fell. There is a subsequent notation that the request was "approved" and signed by Bingham Slack MD., Massic and R. G. Curtis Captain.
photoThis return was prepared for the month of August 1864. Among the commissioned officers accounted for by name are Captain John F. Casner, discharged; 2nd Lieut Theodore Snyder, detached at Philadelphia 7-21-63; 1st Lieut William H, Carpenter, transferred by promotion to Co "D." Private John Dort was discharged on July 12th by reason of a surgeon's certificate of disability, and Private Peter Abbott was transferred into K company by order of court martial. On the obverse the complete return of Casner's K Co has been prepared by Colonel E M Gregory and accounts for 1 officer, 43 enlisted men present, 28 sick and a list of 9 men assigned by name for extra duty with details about what that duty involved and a list of absent enlisted men (27). The document measures 16" x 10¼" and is in excellent condition.
photoThis is an incredible, five-page document prepared by Henry Ede, QM of the 81st Illinois Infantry at Spanish Fort, AL in April 1865. First he describes the circumstances under which the articles were lost. In December 1864, in compliance with Special Orders #2, Eades placed all surplus property pertaining to the 81st Ill in store at Nashville, TN. The regiment moved on to Clifton TN and then to Eastport, MISS. In January Captain Samuel Campbell was sent to retrieve the property, which he did. One entire box of clothing, however, was missing. He proceeded to check with other regiments to see if the missing items had turned up elsewhere, but with no luck. He finishes his statement by certifying that the articles are missing through no fault of his and lists the items to include hats, uniform jackets, trousers, shirts, stockings, blankets &c, and signs certifying the correctness of the statement: Henry Eade, 1st Lieut RQM 81st Ill Inftry. On a separate sheet is the written and signed testimony of Captain Samuel L Campbell telling how he went to Nashville to retrieve the property, trusted that the guard would know what belonged to the 81st, saw the items safely placed on a boat where they were shipped to Eastport. He certifies that he is in no way responsible for the lost property. The final page is the statement written by the Sergeant QM of the 81st Ill Cyrus Corgan certifying that under Lt. Ede's orders he placed said property in storage, having packed the missing box himself and attesting to the correctness of Ede's itemized list. This document is countersigned by Andrew W. Rogers, Lieut Col of the 81st. In all, a most interesting and detailed story here. Each page measures 8" x 12¼" and all are in very fine condition. With this document I will include an eight-page regimental history and the soldier history for Ede, Campbell, Corgan and Rogers. A comprehensive and interesting packet.
photoThis is a nice, single sheet, printed copy of the general orders issued from the Department of the Gulf HQ 27 June 1865 re-publishing an order issued from the War Department in Washington 12 days earlier permitting "soldiers honorably discharged [to] be permitted to retain, without charge, their knapsacks, haversacks and canteens." This was ordered by Major General Canby and posted by Brevet Lt. Col J. Schuyler Crosby. This is the standard size 4⅞" x 7⅞" in excellent condition.
photoThis is a most interesting three-page document, handwritten and prepared at the HQ of the 48th Regt Infantry NYS Vols stationed near Petersburg, VA 14 September 1864. In it Captain James Barrett, Cmdg explains the circumstance surrounding his regiment’s loss of equipment. In the first instance 2 Enfield Rifle Muskets and 2 sergeant’s swords had been inspected and found wanting and subsequently had to be left behind when the regiment moved from Gloucester Point, VA. On the 7th of May the regiment “engaged in the battle on Petersburg and Richmond Rail which one man was killed and one severely wounded.”On the 16th at Drewry’s Bluff five more of his men were severely wounded and on the 1st and 2nd of June at Cold Harbor another of his men was killed and a sergeant and four more men severely wounded. In each case, their weapons and accouterments could not be recovered because the enemy secured the field. At the end he recapitulates all items lost or abandoned. Barrett signed the document and it is witnessed by 2nd Lieut J. M. Williams, Acting Adjutant, and Henry Miller a private in “H” Co and Co clerk. The three pages are neatly secured at the top with a ribbon. This document represents a tremendous amount of history. With this I will include the regimental history and Barrett’s soldier history (which is quite impressive) and a copy of his likeness.
photoA closely written, two-page manuscript, this was written in Gibbon, Nebraska in 1928 for the 90 year old veteran Samuel Watson. It describes his military service including his wounding in July 1864, at which time he weighed 182 pounds. By the time of his recovery at the end of September he weighed 95 pounds! His memories of war service are rich with detail. He served with "I" Company of the 17th Ill. He volunteered 1 April 1861, but didn't enlist until October, when the wheat had been harvested. He saw action eight days after enlisting near Cape Girardeau, MO, then went down the Mississippi by boat to Fort Donaldson and saw battle there from February 12 to 15, 1862. His third battle was at Shilo and then Vicksburg. He gives good details about his wounding and his "buggy ride" away from the battlefield. Watson signed his name at the top of the handwritten manuscript. There is also a typed version (probably dating back to 1928 judging from the type writer. The typed version contains an additional story about a "trick" the Johnny Rebs played on the Yanks, a trick "Mr. Watson thought...wrong and forcibaly [sic] said so." This is an interesting recollection and in very readable, good condition. There are stitch marks to the very left where the pages had once been bound. This was part of the original “Boos collection” of soldier reminiscences. Most desirable. I have the history of the 17th Ill and Watson's soldier history which I will include with the document.
photoThis is the official pension document issued according to an Act of Congress 27 June 1890. The central vignette shows Lady Liberty with her flag; to her right is a pyramid of cannon balls and a stand of muskets; to her left a cannon barrel and two sheep. The pension was issued to Samuel Cumberledge who was a private in "M" Company of the 6th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry. He was awarded $12 per month beginning on the 31st of July for "disease of respiratory organs, heart and eyes. The document was signed by John W. Noble, Secretary of the Interior and Green Berry Raum, Commissioner of Pensions. During the War, Raum enlisted as a Major in the 56th Ill and was promoted to Lt. Col, Colonel, Major-General and Brigadier-General. Raum was wounded at the assault on Missionary Ridge and led a brigade of the 15th Corps during Sherman's March to the Sea. The document is in a four-page folio with printing on the two outer sides. It is in excellent condition. I will include his personal history with this document. I was not able to turn up too much information on Cumberledge, but I will include what I found on him and on the 6th Wva. Original pension documents are not often seen and, of course, Raum's signature makes this one particularly desirable.

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