1863 Order to Colonel William W. H. Davis's Brigade during Siege of Charleston

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1863 Order to Colonel William W. H. Davis's Brigade during Siege of Charleston

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Item No. SQ1647088

Offered here is an interesting September 1863 Civil War circular order to the regiments of Colonel William W. H. Davis's brigade, then serving during the Siege of Charleston on nearby Morris Island, South Carolina. Davis's was the 5th Brigade of Brigadier General Alfred Terry's Division of Major General Quincy A. Gillmore's X Army Corps. The brigade consisted of Davis's own 104th Pennsylvania, along with the 47th New York52nd Pennsylvania, and the Independent New York Battalion. The letter was penned on September 26 by Davis's adjutant, Captain Edward Eddy of the 47th New York. Fort Wagner had fallen to Union forces just three weeks earlier. Fort Sumter had been made, according to Gillmore, "a shapeless and harmless mass of ruin" by August 23. The noose was tightening around Charleston.

Captain Eddy would have produced several copies, one for each regiment of the brigade, and possibly a fifth for brigade records. The copy offered here is addressed on both sides to Major Michael Schmitt of the Independent New York Battalion. The circular reads:

Head Quarters Davis' Brigade
Morris Island S.C. Sept: 26th 1863.
Circular.
The Commanding officer of each Regiment in this Command, will hereafter forward to these Head Quarters at the same time with the Trimonthly Return a complete list of the casualties which have occurred during the preceding ten (10) days giving full name, Rank, Company, Regiment, and if wounded the nature of the wound.
By Order of.
Colonel W. W. H. Davis
104th Penn: Vols: Comdg: Brig:
(signed) Edward Cady
Captain 47th New York Vols:
A. A. A. General.

The letter is written on a single 7 3/4" x 9 3/4" embossed stationery sheet. The paper is in good sturdy condition, not stiff, and not particularly delicate. There are two horizontal creases from previous folds. Very little wear to edges and corners. Strong, clear, and legible throughout. Captain Eddy's penmanship is very easy to read.

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