• 29th PA Infantry Soldier's Assemblage Includes Eagle Discharge, Loving Letter To Wife, Pension Claim

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    JACOB A. CANNING of Beverly, NJ, enlisted on June 17, 1861, and was mustered into H Co. of the PA 29th Infantry as a drummer. He was mustered out on July 17, 1865.  

    The 29th was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division of Gen. Banks’ army and went into Winter quarters at Frederick. It reached Winchester on February 26, 1862, where a skirmish ensued and Col. Murphy was captured. The 29th was present at the battles of Cedar Mountain, Antietam, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg.  The troops conducted themselves heroically at the battles of Wauhatchie, Lookout Mountain and Ringgold.  It went on to Atlanta, remaining with the army of Gen. Sherman until the end of the war. This listing contains no Gettysburg content.

    Offering a 7-piece assemblage of items relating to Canning and his service during the Civil War, including a tender letter to his wife, Mary, as follows:

    *4 pp, ALS, from Jacob to his wife Mary, undated and without salutation, but signed by Jacob and identified by him “to his wife Mary J. Canning.” He is writing from the Shenandoah Valley. “...Nothing would please me better than to hear of you coming down for I could take so much pleasure in showing you around through the hills and valleys...You must not go to Delaware first for it will cost you considerable...You will have a lonesome ride of it to go to Philadelphia and stop overnight alone but if you was to come down here, Mrs. Gillis would come down with you...and be company for you...I am glad of hearing John coming after his Drum and of him and all the folks being well...I don’t want you to stay in the house on my account. Go out and get the fresh air. If you don’t, my love, you die...We sleep in a Blacksmith’s shop...All you have to do when you want to be a solider is to put on a uniform and follow me...Mrs. Koontz...says if you can come down here and live on the same kind of grub as she and us...she will board you and Edith for a dollar a week...The reason she don’t charge any more is because she has no chickens large enough to kill and because she cannot get any fresh meat. You must run the risk of finding our company here when you come down...” Folds.

    *2 pp, ALS, August 29th, 1858, from James Bower to Jacob. “...I think I shall give up shoe making and go out where my folks is...They want me to come right away. Now if you have a mind we will...sell that drum or if you know of anybody that will give me three dollars for my share, away she goes and if not send me word...I have got a goat skin and two nice pieces of slaughter leather, besides worn out soles...I am coming up there in about two weeks to bring Bill’s things...If the Boss will buy that leather, I will bring it up with me...If you will attend to these things for me, I will be much obliged...” Folds.

    *His Eagle Discharge, July 17th, 1865. Folds, toning, light soiling.

    *His Pension Claim from the Department of Interior, January 26th, 1883.  Fold breaks reinforced with archival tape. One small piece missing, affecting very little. Cover from the Department of Interior to Canning’s wife. Soiled.

    *Two Pension Claim applications with Canning’s name on them, but not completed.

    *Application for admission to the New Jersey Home for Disabled Soldiers, Sailors or Marines and their wives. No completed.

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