1863 Letter - Quartermaster of 12th US Infantry Left Supplies Behind after Bristoe Station while Regiment was on the March

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1863 Letter - Quartermaster of 12th US Infantry Left Supplies Behind after Bristoe Station while Regiment was on the March

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Item No. SQ2918052

Offered here is an interesting Civil War letter from the Bristoe Campaign of 1863. It was written from Fairfax Court House, Virginia, three days following the Battle of Bristoe Station by Lieutenant Evan Miles, Quartermaster of the 12th US Infantry, which took part in the battle as part of the 5th Corps. In the letter, Miles explained to his brigade quartermaster, a Captain Ellis, that a large quantity of unissued clothing was left behind while the regiment was on the march. It reads, in full:

Fairfax Court House
October 17th 1863

Sir.
In compliance with circular from your office of inst date I have the honor to report that on the recent march from Bealton Statein, to our present Camp, no Qr Masters property was abandoned by me, but there was a considerable quantity of new clothing; issued by me to the Companies, the night we started from the Camp near Culpeper Va, and which could not possibly be given out to the men considering the detachments on Picket duty. To state the amount of loss on this property, I have to wait the reports of the difference companies. This includes the entire loss upon the march.

In the abandonment of the property, I acted upon my judgement, for the best interest of the service.

Very Respectfully
Your obt Srvt
Evan Miles
1st Lieut & Qr M 1st Bn 12th Infty

To Capt. Ellis
Actg Qr Mr Brig Reg Infty.

The letter was written upon a single 7 3/4” x 9 3/4” stationery sheet. It is in excellent condition as shown. Little to no toning. Very light wear to edges and corners. Creases where originally folded.

This document came from an extensive archive of 110th Pennsylvania documents kept by the regimental quartermaster, Samuel D. Hayes. Hayes served earlier in the war as part of the 14th US Infantry, which is likely how this document came into his possession.

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