1862 Order - 1st Massachusetts Cavalry Ordered to Ocean for Bath - Hilton Head, South Carolina

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1862 Order - 1st Massachusetts Cavalry Ordered to Ocean for Bath - Hilton Head, South Carolina

164.99

Item #SQ8966377

Offered here is a very interesting July 1862 Civil War circular sent to company commanders of the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry, which was at the time stationed at Hilton Head, South Carolina. Written by the Regiment's Adjutant, Lieutenant Greenleaf W. Batchelder, the order directed that companies were to be sent to the beach for bathing on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It reads:

Head Quarters 1st Mass Cavalry
Hilton Head S.C.
July 7th 1862

Circular:
The Major Commanding directs that Commanders of Companies have their men marched to the beach for bathing, at 5 P.M. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Any Sergeant can take down a squad for the same purpose on other days, not later than 9 A.M. and not before 5 P.M.

G. W. Batchelder
Lieut and Adj't.

Capt. D. B. Keith

The order was written upon the first page only of a four-page 7 3/4" x 9 3/4" stationery sheet. The paper is in good sturdy condition, not stiff, and not particularly delicate. Very little wear to edges and corners, though the upper left corner shows more wear.

This sale listing includes the letter only. Additional photographs are not included and are used here for promotional purposes only.

Head Quarters of 1st Mass Cavalry, Edisto Island, S.C., 1862. Source: Library of Congress

Portrait of Lieutenant Greenleaf Batchelder. Source: civilwardata.com

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