Battle of Williamsburg - 6th New Jersey Requisition for 68 Harpers Ferry Muskets - May 5, 1862

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Battle of Williamsburg - 6th New Jersey Requisition for 68 Harpers Ferry Muskets - May 5, 1862

239.99

Item No. SQ1445530

Offered here is a very interesting May 5, 1862 requisition form written out and signed by Lieutenant John Willian (later brevet-brigadier general), commanding Company D, 6th New Jersey Volunteers, on the battlefield of Williamsburg (as indicated at the top of the form). "In obedience to verbal orders from Major Geo H Burling Comdg Regt," Willian secured 68 stand of arms for his company. It is unclear why the men of Company D required new equipment, but their “new” arms were .69 caliber Harpers Ferry smoothbore muskets. The requisition details all the equipment issued to the company, including muskets, cartridge boxes, cartridge box plates, bayonet scabbards, waist belts and other accoutrements, and 3,000 rounds of ammunition. It is likely that the men became separated from their equipment during their river journey from Washington. Willian’s Company D was outfitted just in time, as the 6th New Jersey faced hard fighting in General Hooker’s attacks on Fort Magruder and the Longstreet’s counterattacks that followed.

The reverse of the form is largely pre-printed, with hand-written details of the requisition appearing in the center section.

The form measures about 8 1/2" x 10 3/4". The paper is in excellent condition. No stiffness. Very little wear to corners and edges. Creases where originally folded.

Inset image (not included) is from an 1893 Kurz & Allison lithograph depicting the Battle of Williamsburg (Library of Congress)

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