June 1862 Voucher Signed by Union General Edwin V. Sumner at Fair Oaks, Virginia - Peninsula Campaign (Sale Pending)

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June 1862 Voucher Signed by Union General Edwin V. Sumner at Fair Oaks, Virginia - Peninsula Campaign (Sale Pending)

200.00

Item No. 8307427

A nice Civil War payment voucher dated June 16, 1862 from Fair Oaks, Virginia, and signed by Union Major General Edwin V. Sumner, who was in command of the Army of the Potomac's 2nd Corps. The Army had been facing off against the Confederates during the Peninsula Campaign. The $30 voucher was made out to a dry goods dealer, Riggs and Company of Washington, DC. It states, "Pay to Capt A. W. Putnam U.S.A. or order Thirty 00/100 Dollars. The wording is a little strange, so I'm not certain if Putnam was to pay the company or if the company, for some reason, was to pay Captain Putnam. The voucher doesn't elaborate. At bottom it is signed by General Sumner, with rank of "Brig Gen USA."

Putnam is most certainly Captain Atlee W. Putnam of the quartermaster’s department.

Sumner remained with the 2nd Corps through the following campaigns, including the battles of the Seven Days, Antietam, and Fredericksburg (as a wing commander), before requesting a leave of absence in early 1863. Sumner died at his home in New York within weeks.

The voucher measures about 7 1/2” x 4 3/4” and is in excellent condition with two bank hammer cancellations. Light toning. Creased where originally folded.

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