War Between the States

War Date Document Signed

(1826-1902) Graduated in the West Point class of 1851 and then served on the Indian frontier in New Mexico and Texas. In 1861, he was on duty at Indianola, Texas, when the post was captured by the Rebels. He made his escape through the enemy's lines and managed to get to Virginia in time to take part in the 1st battle of Bull Run. Promoted to brigadier general, July 17, 1863, he served in the Departments of Pennsylvania and Virginia, the Middle Military Department, and the Department of the Cumberland. In late 1863, he was appointed chief of staff to General George H. Thomas and took part in all the operations of the Chattanooga, Atlanta, Franklin and Nashville campaigns.

War Date Document Signed: 4 1/2 x 7, imprint, signed in ink.

War Department,
Adjutant General's Office,
Washington, April 16, 1862

General Orders
No. 41

I. All agents appointed by the Government of a State under its laws, to obtain from its volunteer soldiers assignments of pay for the benefit of their families, will be recognized as such by Paymasters, who will afford them all necessary facilities for that purpose, so far as is consistent with the public service.

II. Transportation to soldiers on sick leave may be furnished and the cost stopped from their pay in the same manner as other stoppages are made. Necessary transportation furnished to soldiers on sick leave by the authorities of any State to which such soldiers belong will be deducted from their pay and refunded to the State by the Paymaster, whose warrant for making the stoppage will be the certificate of the proper agent of the State, accompanied by the receipt of the soldier for the transportation. Where several soldiers of different companies are concerned, separate accounts will be made for each company.

By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

Adjutant General


Wm. D. Whipple
Assistant Adjutant General

Whipple has signed his name in ink above his printed title.

Very fine.

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