June, 1861, Document for State of Virginia "Rations For Troops" Frank G. Ruffin & W.B. Blair
Here is an Excellent State of Virginia Military Document, for Services just 12 days after Fort Sumter was fired on ! Titled “Form 18”, it is a receipt for having 200 copies of “Rations of Food for Troops” printed. “Rations” was written by Captain Frank G. Ruffin, Virginia Commissary Officer, and he has signed the middle of the form certifying that the account is correct, and was “necessary for the public service.” Two dollars & seventy-five cents was paid to Cowardin & Hammersley, publishers of the Richmond Daily Dispatch newspaper, for the printing, and at the bottom of the form they acknowledge payment from Colonel W.B. Blair, Commissary General for the State of Virginia. “Rations of Food forTroops” was printed on April 24th, 1861, though not actually paid for until June 20th, 1861, the date of this document.The document is in black ink and has been tri-folded. Open, it is about 9 & 3/8ths of an inch long by 7.75 inches wide. There is one hole on the lower fold near the word “Duplicate” but not affecting any of the other text, and about ¼ of an inch of the very bottom of the page has been folded.
Frank Gildart Ruffin was educated an attorney, but turned to agriculture, about which he wrote extensively,and was at one time the editor of the Richmond Daily Dispatch.
Colonel William B. Blair, was a West Point graduate, who served from 1841-1843, as Assistant Mathematics Professor there. Appointed Commissary General of the State of Virginia at the beginning of the Civil War, he later served the Confederate States in commissary positions. Post-war, Colonel Blair was Professor of Natural & Experimental Philosophy at the Virginia Military Institute, the same position once held by Stonewall Jackson. A Super Neat & Very Early War Document of the State of Virginia !
Colorful Providence Tool Co. Receipt w/Advertising Back - From a Future 1st Rhode Island Soldier
Here is a Neat 1853 Receipt from Providence, Rhode Island, that has a Civil War Connection ! It measures about 7 inches wide by 3 inches tall, and is partly pre-printed, and partly filled in black ink. The paper is fairly heavy but you can tell by feel it contains some cotton rag. Dated, “Providence, 29 Aug, 1853, Providence Tool Co. To Albert Weaver Dr.” it is for the sum of $1.50. The fee was for hauling one wheel from the Tool Co. factory to Taft's Wharf. The reverse has a nice pre-printed ad for Mr. Weaver that denotes his various draying or teamster services at the lowest rates.
In 1861, the Providence Tool Co. began making rifle-muskets of the 1861 Springfield pattern, eventually delivering about 70,000 to the Federal Government. Also in 1861, Albert Weaver enlisted in the 1st Rhode Island Infantry, commanded by Colonel Ambrose Burnside, and after serving with them, later enlisted in the 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery. A Super Displaying and Colorful Receipt from 1853, with an 1861 Civil War Connection !
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Very Fine Civil War Sutler's Check for the 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Here is another Affordable Civil War Sutler’s Check ! The Civil War Sutler was a Trader or Peddler, usually attached to one particular regiment, and the only seller authorized to sell to that regiment. These paper checks aren’t really checks, but a way for the Sutler to issue credit to a soldier with some assurance of being paid eventually. Signed by the soldier and his company commander, it authorized a deduction from the soldier’s pay to instead be paid to the Sutler. This pre-printed form is still blank, never having been used, and was printed for Mr. E. Kelsey, Sutler of the 6th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. There are blank spaces for the date, amount to be deducted, soldier’s signature, and company commander signature. Check measures 5.5 inches long by 2.25 inches tall and is printed in black ink on off white paper. The note still retains its form nicely with no tears or folds, though there is some very light darkening of the paper near the edges. I think it would grade VF to XF if it were currency.
Organized early in 1861, the 6th Ohio Infantry served primarily in the western theater of war, fighting at the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga, among others. Mr. Kelsey is listed as their sutler in the book, U.S. Army Sutler, 1861-1865, by Tobey & Ellis. A Very Fine Civil War Sutler’s Check from an Ohio Regiment !
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Nice Unused/Blank Sutler's Check - From the Sutler of the 109th New York Infantry - S. Rightmyre
Here is a Fine Affordable Civil War Sutler’s Check ! The Civil War Sutler was a Trader or Peddler, usually attached to one particular regiment, and the only seller authorized to sell to that regiment. These paper checks aren’t really checks, but rather a way for the Sutler to issue credit to a soldier with some assurance of being eventually paid. It would be signed by the soldier, and also his company commander authorizing a deduction from the soldier’s pay to be instead paid to the sutler. This pre-printed form is still blank, never having been used, and was printed for Mr. S. Rightmyer, Sutler of the 109th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry. There are blank spaces for the date, amount to be deducted, soldier’s signature, and his company commander signature. Check measures 7.5 inches long by 2.75 inches tall, and is printed in black ink on light tan paper. There is one small vertical tear on the bottom edge about ¼ inch long, and a tiny portion of the upper right corner is missing. There is some brown staining around the word “Regiment” and on the lower and right edges. All said though, the check is entirely legible and displays very well. Organized in late 1862, the 109th did a lot of guard duty around Washington until 1864. Sent to the field that year, they participated in the Battle of Spotsylvania, North Anna River, Cold Harbor, Weldon Railroad, Ream’s Station, Siege of Petersburg, and the Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, among others. Mr. Rightmyre is also listed as their sutler in the book, U.S. Army Sutler, 1861-1865, by Tobey & Ellis. A Nice Unusual Civil War Sutler's Check for the 109th New York Regiment !
Here's a Really Neat & Exceptionally Rare Arkansas GAR Document ! Anything Arkansas GAR related is Extremely Hard to find, as the State raised over 200 Confederate Fighting Units, but only 4 Regiments of Union Troops ! This document is dated September 24, 1900, at "Headquarters Department of Arkansas" Springdale, Arkansas.It concerns the court martial of one Silas K. Robinson, and his dishonorable discharge, an upcoming inspection of all department posts, and elections in December. Also mentions that, "Comrades our ranks are thinning fast." Endorsed by Department Commander, A.L. Thompson. Appoximately 8.5 x 11, with paper and print in great shape, and GAR Membership Badge imprinted in upper left corner. A Rare Arkansas Grand Army Of The Republic Document !
[PS. This document shows MUCH better
than my Poor Scans, nicely focused, with little yellowing.] $80plus shipping
Fine U.S. Quartermaster's Letter written from Vicksburg, Mississippi, on Official Stationary
Here is a Fine Original Quartermaster’s Document written August 20th, 1863, on Official Stationary From Vicksburg, Mississippi! It was written by a Captain who was evidently Assistant Chief Quartermaster to Lieutenant Colonel J.D. Bingham Chief Quartermaster, Department of the Tennessee, at Vicksburg. The Captain explains that General McPherson would like to have the Pioneer Corps paid off that day, to a total amount of $10,000. The Captain goes on to explain that he has no money and asks Bingham for a transfer of $12-$15,000. One page measuring about 9.75 inches tall by 7.75 inches wide. A Fine Original Vicksburg Army Quartermaster’s Report !
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Original Quartermaster's Letter written and dated at Vicksburg, Mississippi, barely a month after the surrender.
Here is a Fine Original US Quartermaster’s Letter Dated August 26th, 1863, at Vicksburg, Mississippi ! Written by Captain & Acting Quartermaster H.G. Bohn to Lieutenant Colonel Bingham, Chief Quartermaster, Department of the Tennessee, Bohn relates selling forage to a Mr. Hoffman without authority. The forage included hay and oats, and Captain Bohn explains that he only did it once, despite Hoffman’s repeated requests. Bohn goes on to say that funds received will be properly accounted for and concludes by stating that he hopes his accounts and reports will prove to Bingham’s satisfaction. One page about 9.75 inches tall by 7.75 inches wide with watermark in upper left hand corner. A Fine Original Vicksburg Army Quartermaster’s Letter !
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Original Letter From Quartermaster Captain at Memphis, Tennessee to Chief Quartermaster at Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Here is a Fine Original Quartermaster Document sent from Memphis, Tennessee, toVicksburg, Mississippi, barely a month after the surrender of Vicksburg! Dated “Memphis, Tenn. August 7th 1863,” it was sent from Captain G.L. Fort Quartermaster at Memphis to Colonel Bingham Chief Quartermaster at Vicksburg. Captain Fort starts by saying, “ I presume you wonder why I have not reported at Vicksburg for duty before this.” Fort goes on to mention arriving at Memphis, the steamboat Ben Franklin under repair, and he having to secure alternate transportation. One page on ruled paper about 9.75 inches tall by 7.75 inches wide. Water mark in upper left corner, and 1.5 inch tear, but not affecting content. A Neat Quartermaster Document relating to Memphis & Vicksburg!
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Fine Blank Civil War Period Federal Army Purchase Form No. 25
Here is a Fine Blank Civil War Period U.S. Army Purchase Voucher ! Entitled at the top, “No. 25 – Voucher To Abstract”, underneath that is “The United States” and a blank after “To”.
Underneath that are the blanks where the date, items purchased, and amount paid would be filled.
At the very bottom is the certification and spot where the Quartermaster would have signed. It is a tri-fold document with the blank re-cap on the outside when folded. A Fine Original U.S. Army Civil War Period Purchase Voucher !