1863 Union War Department General Orders No. 173 - Invalid Corps Camp Locations in Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, & Missouri

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1863 Union War Department General Orders No. 173 - Invalid Corps Camp Locations in Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, & Missouri

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Item No. 1417650

General Orders such as these were printed and distributed to the various commands as a way of spreading official information to the troops. This one, General Orders No. 173, came under the War Department header and is dated June 11, 1863 from Washington. The three-page circular specified procedures for making out rolls for the Invalid Corps.

The order also specified the gathering locations of Invalid Corps members. This portion reads:

Officers and men on the Rolls sent from the Army Corps in the Army of the Potomac and Department of Washington, will report to Lieut-Col. Samuel McKelvey, at the Convalescent Camp, near Alexandria, Virginia.

Those on the Rolls sent from the Army Corps under the command of Major Generals Banks, Hunter, and Foster, will report to Colonel R Nugent, 69th New York Volunteers, and Acting Assistant Provost Marshal General in New York city.

Those on the Rolls sent from the Army Corps under the command of Major Generals Dix and Keyes, will report to Colonel C. M. Prevost, 118th Pennsylvania Volunteers, commanding Depot Camp at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Those on the Rolls sent from Army Corps in Kentucky, and in the Department of the Cumberland, will report to Major W. H. Sidell, at Louisville, Kentucky.

Those on the Rolls sent from the Army Corps under the command of Major Generals Grant and Schofield, will report to Colonel E. B. Alexander, at St. Louis, Missouri.

General Orders such as these were often printed in the field by the Army's portable printing presses that began operation in 1863. Documents were also printed in local Virginia print shops near the Army, and in larger print shops in Washington and other cities. For more fascinating information about the Army of the Potomac's printing processes, Google "Civil War Field Printing" to find the National Museum of American History's informative page on the topic.

The circular measures about 4 3/4" x 7 1/2" and is in very good condition. Light wear to corners and edges. Minor toning. Creased where originally folded.

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