Burial of Union and Confederate soldiers was difficult during the Civil War. Many were buried in unidentified graves. Some were later reinterred at other cemeteries. Offering a post-Civil War archive illustrating the desire among Union veterans and sympathizers to decorate the graves of Union soldiers.
The four-piece archive relates to the Corps Relief in Pennsylvania’s attempt to keep the graves of Union soldiers, buried in Southern cemeteries, decorated. The archive includes Quartermaster General’s Office, Philadelphia, PA, May 19th, 1894, TLS, one-page, 8 1/2 x 11, acknowledging receipt of S.M. Shuler’s contribution of $1.00 “toward the Fund in which to purchase flags for the decoration of Union graves in Southern cemeteries...” signed twice by Louis Wagner, Quartermaster General in Philadelphia with cover addressed to S.W. Snyder of Liverpool, PA. Also included is a part-printed quarterly report of the Corps Relief, Liverpool, March 31st, 1894, addressed to George Shoemaker and signed by Sarah A. Ritter, Corps President, Annie E. Morrie, Corps Secretary and Mary A. Lenkart, Corps Treasurer, and a small one-page program for the Memorial Day Celebration.
SHULER enlisted in the Civil War at Harrisburg on March 23, 1861, in the 77th Regimental band as a cymbal-player and served until January 31, 1863, when he was drafted into the army service. He apparently paid $300 for a substitute. On February 20, 1864, he enlisted in the Third Heavy Artillery and joined the 188th Infantry, serving until November20, 1865, when he was mustered out. He later bought his father’s mercantile business.
CAPTAIN JOHN Q. SNYDER was mustered in May 4, 1861, 36th Regiment of Perry County, PA, and remained for three years. He was promoted to first lieutenant on November 11, 1861, and to captain in November 1862. He was discharged after losing a leg in the Battle of Fredericksburg.
Items are in fine condition. Cover is soiled and a bit tattered.
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