1862 Report - 1st Connecticut Volunteer Light Battery - Beaufort & Hilton Head, South Carolina

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1862 Report - 1st Connecticut Volunteer Light Battery - Beaufort & Hilton Head, South Carolina

139.99

Item #SQ4878844

Offered here is an interesting December 1862 Civil War quartermaster's report for the 1st Connecticut Volunteer Light Battery. The report is entitled "Inventory of Quartermasters' Property in use by 1st Light Battery Conn. Vols." It includes a short hand-drawn table listing the name of the item, quantity, how long in use, from whom received, condition, and disposition. The items were 12 wheel harnesses, 12 lead harnesses, and 4 saddles. All were listed as "old, but repairable." There are two signatures on the report. The first belongs to Captain Alfred P. Rockwell, commander of the Battery, who certified that the information was accurate. The second officer I've been unable to identify. It looks like "JF" or "YF Mitchell" and below, "Lt Col 8th[?] [illegible], Inspecting Officer."

The opposite side of the sheet says "Inventory Inspection and Report of Quartermasters' Property 1st Light Battery C.V. Beaufort S.C. Dec. 5 1862." Below that is "Head Quarters US Forces, Port Royal Island, Dec. 6. 1862. And finally, "Approved [space for signature, but unsigned], Hilton Head, US Forces, Port Royal Island, Dec. 6, 1862, Approved, [space again for a signature, but none found], Commanding Department. If one assumes "Department" means "Department of the South," the commander on that date (who would have signed, but didn't) would have been Brigadier General John M. Brannan.

When fully unfolded, the report measures 15 1/2" x 9 3/4". It was written on a standard bifolium stationery sheet with embossed corner. The paper is in good sturdy condition, not stiff, and not particularly delicate. Very little wear to edges and corners. Strong, clear, and legible throughout (except for that pesky inspector's signature).

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