History buffs hit pay dirt with this lot of (12) Civil War era payment vouchers signed by Union soldiers. Dated 1864-1865 these distinguished documents range in size from 8x10 to 11x17. Though all bear original compacting folds they generally present in excellent condition with only one lesser. Notables are: Capt. Robert P. Kennedy who also served as a Congressman (9); Capt. William Hoffman a Brevet Major General and Commissary-General of Prisoners (8-9); and Col. Enrico Fardella also an Italian war hero (8). More on our website.
Due to the official nature of these documents this lot has not been submitted for authentication. All are signed by the named party and a paymaster unless noted.
Additional information for those listed above is as follows:
Robert P. Kennedy: served as a captain and assistant adjutant general during the Civil War, also commissioned as colonel of the 196th Ohio Infantry, brevetted brigadier general of volunteers, elected to House of Representatives for two terms 1887-1891 for Ohios 8th District, received two presidential appointments including collector of internal revenue for the fourth district of Ohio 1878-1883 by President Rutherford B. Hayes and as a member of the Insular Commission 1899 by President William McKinley serving as commission president reporting on conditions in Cuba and Puerto Rico
William Hoffman: West Point graduate and career military man who served in the U. S. Army 1829-1870, saw action in the Black Hawk War, Seminole Wars, Mexican-American War and the Civil War, developed policy for handling and release of POWs while serving as the Commissary-General of Prisoners
Enrico Fardella: an Italian war hero who fought in the Italian Independence Wars leading to the unification of Italy, also fought in the Crimean War, held the rank of Colonel in the Union Army during the U.S. Civil War while raising a volunteer regiment, brevetted general by President Abraham Lincoln, this is the one document in this lot which shows significant wear in the form of partial separation and sections of paper loss along the fold lines
Also present are:
(2) Pvt. George Forsyth: African-American freedman served in H Company of the 2nd Regiment of Heavy Artillery Volunteers of Massachusetts, (1) document signed by Forsyth (8-9), (1) signed by paymaster only
(2) Pvt. John B. Croshaw: member of C Company, 117th Regiment of New York Infantry, (1) voucher signed by Croshaw (8-9), one signed by paymaster only
Lt. Charles H. Messinger: Signal Corps, Army of Georgia (8-9)
Capt. E. P. Deacon: H Company, 2nd U.S. Colored Cavalry (8-9)
Lt. Thomas H. Rockwell: 3rd New York Infantry (9)
(2) Pvt. Augustus Alvord: 1st Regiment of Heavy Artillery, Connecticut Volunteers, (1) signed by Alvord (8-9), (1) signed by paymaster only, these (2) documents are adhered together with the paymaster signed item on top the Alvord signed item, the top page shows discoloration where adhered at top, the text of the bottom page is unaffected as the top page is adhered in the blank area above the text