• Civil war 2nd RI Fighting Infantry Private Assigned To Boat Heading To Washington

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    WILLIAM SILLOWAY enlisted as a Private on July 17, 1861. He was mustered into C Co., Rhode Island 2nd Infantry.  He was mustered out on June 30, 1864.


    The 2nd was Rhode Island fighting infantry.  With a highly impressive record, the 2nd’s battles included First Manassas (Bull Run), Yorktown, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks (Seven Pines), Oak Grove, Malvern Hill, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Rappahannock Station, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Siege of Petersburg, Petersburg (Final Assault and Fall), Pursuit of Robert E. Lee, Appomattox Court House.


    Offered is a one-page, 7 ¾ x 9 ¾, Acting Assistant Quartermaster’s report “to certify that Wm Silloway was left…in charge of boat loaded with officers’ baggage & when I was ordered…to proceed to Washington…Capt…sent Silloway with me to count the same and assist me generally…”


    The report is a little challenging to read, including the signature of the Acting Assistant Quartermaster.  A nice piece of history involving someone from the 2nd Rhode Island.


    Folds, toning.  Otherwise very good.


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