B865 General Orders

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B865 gen orders web.jpg

B865 General Orders

87.50

Issued  from the Adjutant General's Office in the War Department, Washington 7 January 1865, this is an extremely detailed document concerning the cost of clothing and camp and garrison equipage for the Army of the United States. An amendment reades, "One sash is allowed to each Company for the 1st Sergeant, and one knapsack with straps, haversack and canteen with straps to each enlisted man." It goes on to say that they will be issued for the duration of service but "will be charged to the person in whose use they are when lost or destroyed by his fault." Pages 2 and 3 detail the cost of clothing and other uniform items (plates, tassels, etc) as specified by rank and job. Page four details the value of all camp and garrison equipage including knapsacks, canteens, bedsacks, tools, tents, regimental books and the like. The last page is really a fold-out page about 15" in length and it is a table representing the money value allowed to the Army of the United States according to branch, rank and years of service. This is one of the most interesting general orders we have ever had and provides the basis for the final charges we see on the pay vouchers that were issued to soldiers at the time of their discharge. The document is in overall very fine condition.      

 

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