Report of Fort Pickering Prisoners Belonging to "Grant's Army" - Memphis, Tennessee

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Report of Fort Pickering Prisoners Belonging to "Grant's Army" - Memphis, Tennessee

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Item #SQ4037921

Offered here is a fascinating document from the Civil War. The undated report is titled, "Report of Prisoners confined in the military Prison Fort Pickering Tenn belonging to Grant's Army." It appears to have originally said, "Grant's Corps," with "Army" written over the original word. It was prepared and signed by Lieutenant John W. Parks of the 93rd Indiana Infantry, acting as commander of the prison.

The report lists eleven soldiers from units including the 14th Illinois, 4th Minnesota, 72nd Illinois, 10th Missouri, 8th Ohio, 1st Missouri Battery, 2nd Illinois Cavalry, and the Engineer Corps. Most are listed as being confined for petty offenses, typically drunkenness. Some are listed as wearing a ball and chain while others are listed as having several days of hard labor.

Under Park's ink signature, he wrote a second message in pencil, indicating that the seven men with check mark "opposite their names are confined here & belong to Grants Corps." He then signed a second time.

The report measures about 8" x 8 1/2". The paper is generally in good sturdy condition, not stiff, and not particularly delicate except in the upper right corner and at folds, where there are shallow tears. There are two horizontal creases at the locations of the original folds, with a small void at about the center of the upper crease. The paper itself appears to be a cut down version of a standard sheet of stationery with the embossed upper left corner.

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