• Captain George Starr, Three-time P.O.W., including at Gettysburg, Receives Orders

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    Captain George H. Starr, 104th NY Volunteers, was 22 years old when he enlisted on Nov. 11th, 1861 at Genesco, NY, as a private. He rose through the ranks, being promoted to Sergeant in November of 1861, 2nd Lieutenant in March of 1862 and Captain in September of 1862.

    He was taken prisoner at Gettysburg and confined at Libby Prison in Richmond from which he escaped on Feb. 9th, 1864. He was recaptured and confined at Macon, GA, from which he escaped in August 1864 and was again recaptured and confined at Camp Sorghum, Columbia, SC. He escaped for a third time in October 1864 and he was able to make his way to Union lines.

    One page, 7 ¾” x 10,” ALS, from the War Department, Adjutant General’s Office, Washington, DC, December 20, 1864, to Starr from the highly accomplished Thomas M. Vincent, assistant adjutant general. Read background on Vincent below. Cover included.

    “I am directed to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 13th instant, requesting information relative to the expiration of your term of service, and, in reply to inform you that you should be governed by the requirement of the order directing you to report to your regiment at the expiration of thirty days.

    “I am, Captain, very respectfully,

    “Your Obedient Servant,

    “Thomas M. Vincent

    “Assistant Adjutant General”

    Vincent graduated from the United States military academy in 1853 and on October 8th, became Second Lieutenant in the 2d artillery. During the following three years, he served in Florida against hostile Indians. He was appointed assistant adjutant general in July 1861 and assigned to the Army of Northwestern Virginia, being engaged in the Battle of Bull Run. Vincent has been credited with important changes in the business methods of the war department. He was brevetted captain for Antietam, major for Gettysburg and lieutenant-colonel for faithful and meritorious service during the Civil War.

    Docketing on front. One small tear at bottom, affecting nothing and tear to last page, which contains no writing. Cover has expected soiling and normal wear, but is very readable and has a double circle FREE postmark.

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