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photoThese charges were preferred against 1st Lieut Daniel A. Stinger of “E” Co 125th OVI by 1st Sgt John H. Bell of the same company. In the first charge, he is accused of retaining in his Co Thomas Redman, alias Thos McMillen of “I” Co 123rd OVI while knowing him to be a deserter and advising him to say nothing. This was on 20 January 1863. Later in April, Redman received a letter from his commanding officer in the 23rd & again Stinger advised him to do and say nothing. In the second charge, Stinger is said to have taken a Springfield rifle musket from the quarters of Pvt Tarlton Mason and charged the cost of the weapon to be deducted from the Private’s pay ($19.25). Several men are then listed as witnesses. The charges & specifications were drawn up and signed by 1st Sgt Bell at Loudan, Tenn 3 March 1864. Although I do not have the results of the court martial, they couldn’t have been too damaging as Stinger was promoted to Captain in May 1864 and to Major in October, 1865. The document is two pages in a four-page folio. Its condition is excellent.
photoAuthorized at the Provost Marshall’s Office in Nashville, TN 12 November 1863, this pass was issued to allow Mrs. E. G. Randall to “pass through our lines to Nashville, Tennessee,” and was granted by order of Brig General. R. S. Granger. It was signed by James S. Boyd, Captain and Acting Provost Marshall. The pass was good for ten days form 12 November. Boyd enlisted 30 September 1862 as a Captain in “B” Co of the 51st Ill Inf. He was promoted to Major, Lt. Col and Colonel before his muster out on 25 September 1865 at Camp Irwin, Texas. Passes are quite collectible.
photo Issued12 July 1861 by order of General Mansfield, this pass gives G. H. Cassidy and Corp Thorp permission to pass “over the Bridges and within the lines.” What makes this document so special is the extremely bold signature of the young aide-de-camp Drake DeKay, a signature that earned DeKay celebrity. According to a footnote in Battles and Leaders DeKay, who was the son of Commodore George C. DeKay, closed his shipping and commission office in New York and pinned a sign to the door stating, “Gone to Washington. Back at close of War.” He was appointed Lieutenant and accepted a position on General Mansfield’s staff. He is credited with many daring adventures, sometimes undertaken to get information about the enemy. He was later breveted major and lieutenant-colonel for gallant services at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania. It was generally understood that this unique and powerful signature was deliberate so that the passes could be easily read by torchlight at picket posts, would be very difficult to duplicate and, according to one Mr. Halstead, “was regarded at the time as something oracular and formidable, and as likely to convey a salutary impression of the power and majesty of the United States of America. It was said that General Winfield Scott was much impressed by it.” The document measures 8" x 5¼” and is in very good condition with tape reinforcement at the folds. A most desirable document
photoThese few documents represent the efforts of the 49th Ohio to pay bills. The first was written at Camp Hill 24 February 1863 by Henry Hess and addressed to his father Andrew Hess. The Company has been paid for four months $145 of which has been sent to a Mr. Keller in Bucyrus. A second note to Mr. Keller written by Daniel Uhl and asks him to pay the money to his father, B. Uhl. A third, also to Mr. Keller, is from J. W. Iler includes a list of payments said soldiers wish Keller to make along with a list of their signatures acknowledging transmittal of the funds. This is an interesting grouping showing how money matters were handled as money was transferred home or to creditors. I will include the soldier history for Hess, Iler and Uhl and a copy of the 49th’s regimental history with this document.
Issued from the Provost Marshall’s office Military District of Harper’s Ferry 3 June 1865 authorizing guards and pickets to pass B. M. Hughes to Shannon Station (Winchester) and Return, good for three days by order of General John Stevenson and signed by A. W. Andrews 5th NY Artillery Captain and Provost Marshall. The pass is somewhat worn as it was folded and carried probably in a wallet. Passes issued from Harper’s Ferry are extremely desirable.
photoCaptain G. C. Lee, Asst Q..m. received 600 oak sacks in good condition from 1st Lieut George G. Nichols of the 4th Mass H.A. at Fort Richardson, Va. The receipt is signed by Captain Lee and is in excellent condition. Nichols had a most impressive record (which I will include with this document) and was an active member of GAR Post #144 after the War.
photo Handwritten at the headquarters of th ‘Rendezvous of Distribution Va on 26 June 1864, this is an extract of Order #125 specifying that Captain Jacob Slagle of “D” Company 149th PA will report at once to Colonel Z. R. Bliss of the 7th R.I. for duty. by order of Lieuet Col Samuel McKeloy and signed by Captain R. P. Crawford, AA Genl. The voucher was prepared near Petersburg, VA 9 August 1864, and does several things. First, Captain Jacob Slagle certifies that he received and distributed arms and ammunition to 78 men that all the men were present at City Point with the arms and equipment they had been issued. It further certifies that upon proceeding to the 5th Corps Headquarters, he found 61 of the men present while 17 still straggled on the road. He claims further that the men belonged to some 38 different 5th Corps regiments and being in the front lines at Petersburg and almost every day under fire, it was impracticable to issue receipts for all said equipment. He finally makes a list of all the stores for which no receipts have been obtained including Enfields, bayonets, accouterments, ammunition and ammunition boxes. In this document he references the special orders. An interesting pair of documents in excellent condition. With them I will include the impressive soldier history of Captain Slage who went on to become a Major and a Judge Advocate.
photophotoThis oversized and elaborate document is a wonderful tribute made by the NCOs and privates of Lieut Anthony Clay’s “K” Company of the 58th PA Vols. The document measures 7¾” x 12½” and has been prepared in a beautiful cursive hand. The men attest to their genuine fondness for their officer of the last three years and their sincere appreciation of his attention to their needs and his special care of them. The testimonial reads, in part, your men “on your retiring from the service cannot refrain from expressing their respect for you as a man and a soldier and their very high regard for your qualifications as an officer and a Commander.” All 29 men of the company signed the document and they presented it to Clay at Chapin’s Farm in Virginia, sight of the 58th’s camp on 16 January 1865. This is a very moving and very impressive document. It has been encased in heavy plastic so it can be easily displayed and readily viewed on both sides. Most desirable. It will come with Clay’s personal details and the regimental history.
photoThis 8¼” x 10¼” document was prepared for A. H. Dashiell Jr. Chaplain of the 57th Mass Vols stationed at Tennallytown, MD for the month of June 1865. He was allowed 720 pounds of oats and 800 pounds of hay for his two horses which were received by Quartermaster George Priest. The document was signed by Dashiell and is in very good condition. I have reinforced it with archival tape at the top fold. Package includes the soldier history for Dashiell and Priest.
On a legal-sized quarto, this is a pencilled list of the equipment turned in to Captain G. A. Flagg by Lieut E. A. Beam of the 17th Pennsylvania, Captain Eli B. Bean of the 1st NY Dragoons and Lieut Watts of the Dragoons at Pleasant Valley, MD on 4 March 1865. It is a very detailed document divided into five sections. The pencil writing has faded some, but it is still readable. The document is in overall very good condition.
photoThis handsome document accounts for items turned over to Lieut Samuel Evans of the 3rd Brigade of the PA Volunteer Reserve Corps by Captain R. M. Musser on 10 March 1863 at the Chain Bridge in Washington D.C. Subsistence articles include barrels of pork, bushels of beans and potatoes, pounds of rice, coffee, sugar, salt and beef among others. The single page document has been signed by Musser and is in excellent condition. The Chain Bridge crossed the Potomac River and was the bridge over which John Wilkes Booth made his escape from the city after Lincoln’s assassination.
photoPrepared at the Head Quarters of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina in the office of the chief signal officer 6 July 1864, this document relieved 1st Lieut H. W. Benson from duty with the James River Fleet by reason of physical disability and orders him to report to the chief signal officer’s office. It further relieves 1st Lieut Wilson Bruyn from duty with the 10th Army Corps and orders him to report for Signal duty with the James River Fleet under rear Admiral S. P. Lee’s command. These order were issued under command of Maj General Butler and signed by Captain L. B. Norton, Chief Signal Officer. Condition is excellent.
photophotoAn interesting document printed in black ink on blue paper and completed with black ink pen, this is the official mustering-in record for Private Joseph Sheperla. On the 28th of March 1865, Captain E. E. Sellers mustered Sheperla into service and Captain A. Mengenthaler enlisted him into the 1st Army Corps, Hancock’s Brigade, for a one year period. The Document is signed by W. B. Lane, Captain and Mustering Officer with the 3rd U. S. Cavalry. The document is in excellent condition.
photo#20 Issued at Nashville, 27 May 1864, this 5" x 8" document provides first that buildings occupied by the government bill be reported on Form #2 and paid for at a specified rate "if the owners be loyal." However, "if the owner be disloyal, or not proven to be thoroughly loyal, vouchers will be given." The second provision stipulates that no buildings occupied outside Nashville will be paid for at present, but they must be reported and the government will settle with the owners at a later date. Condition is excellent.
photoThis oversized circular (8" x 12½") specifies the weekly, monthly and semi-monthly reports that must be made with models for preparing them. The document was issued 29 September 1863 from the HeadQuarters of the 2nd Division of the 2nd Corps - Office of the Inspector General. It is totally handwritten and in beautiful condition. It was prepared and signed by S. Newele Smith, Captain and AAQ Inspector General. Smith was a 29-year old, Detroit man when he enlisted on 19 June 1861 at Fort Wayne. He was commissioned into the 7th Michigan Infantry and later served as Acting Inspector General for the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division. He was wounded in 1862 at Antietam and again in 1863 at Bristoe Station, VA. This is a wonderful, most unique document
photoDated 23 November 1864 from Headquarters of the 3rd Brigade in Richmond, this document announces detail duty as Officer of the day for Thomas I. Moore, Captain of the 2nd PA Vols. His tour of duty is to commence at 0900 at which time he will report to Headquarters by order of Colonel George B. Dandy, Cmdg of the Brigade. The order is signed by W. D> Crandall, Asst Adj General. The document is in excellent condition.
photoA handsome, large (10¼" x 14¼")printed in black ink on parchment paper, this document is the official discharge for W. H. Reed, a n 18-yr old Private in Captain Cochran’s "E" Company 92nd Regiment of the Ohio National Guard. The discharge was executed at Columbus from the office of the Adjutant General of Ohio 1 May 1866. Across the top are the words in bold letters "To Whom It May Concern" and a eagle flying in front of the U.S. flag. A most handsome document with some minor archival tape repairs at the center folds and some age spots.
photoDated 8 September 1864 at the Providence Merchandise Station and received from H. L. Aldrick, 33 bales of cotton delivered to its station in the Baltic and signed by A. W. Sprague. Written in black ink on blue paper printed with freight train across the top, with a two cent proprietary stamp, . On the back are the comapny’s rules for freight. This is pretty interesting, and war dated rail documents are extremely desirable. This one measures 8½” x 4½” and is in excellent condition. SOLD
photoWritten from Office #2 Laclede Block, Olive St in St. Louis 10 June 1863, and addressed to Captain Philo E. Hall, Acting Postmaster General, this document acknowledges receipt of certificate regarding William Schuler of Co "U" 5th Iowa infantry. It is signed by Thomas W. J. Long.Shuler was a 28-year old Jackson County man who enlisted as a private 24 June 1861. He was severely wounded in the leg at Iuka, MS on 19 September 1862 and transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps. I have his brief soldier history as well as an account of the 5th Iowa regimental history to include with this document. This is a handsome document (7¾" x 9 ¾") on blue paper with black ink. The paper is attractively watermarked with an unfurled US flag and a large "L". Condition is excellent SOLD
photoThis handwritten document was prepared on the letter head of the "Head Quarters Ohio Vol Recruiting Service" in Columbus and dated 10 March 1864. The order directs Capt Julius. L. Hadley of the 25th Ohio Artillery Battery to "return with his Command to the field and to report to his Army Commander for duty without delay." The document further specifies what paper work will accompany them. It is signed by I. E. Grover (?) Asst Adj General, acting for Colonel H. H. Potter. Additional handwritten notations on the reverse specify that "Orders received...14 March 1864...furlough expired." A second notation dated 19 March 1864 specifies that transportation has been furnished for 5 officers and 131 men to Memphis, Tenn by order of Brig Genl Rich and two days later they are directed to proceed to Duralls Bluff (Arkansas) as noted by J. F. Lewis, Capt. A most interesting document that has been through many hands. There are a couple of very tiny tears at folds, but otherwise the condition is excellent. I have the soldier history for both Hadley and Graves.

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