War Between the States

Signed by officer wounded in the battle of Cold Harbor, Va. in 1864

8 x 10 1/2, imprinted form, filled out in ink.

1st Div. Rendezvous of Distribution

Headquarters Convalescent Camp, Va.

August 16th, 1864

Comndt. Battery F, 1st Penna. Light Art. Regiment. Enclosed you will find amount of Clothing issued to men of your Company at this Camp during the month of August, this receipt of which you will please acknowledge and charge to Clothing Account.

Yours respectfully,

Geo. S. Greene

Lieut. & A.A.Q.M.

Battery F, 1st Penn. Lit. Art., We the Undersigned Non Commissioned Officers, Artificers, Musicians and Privates of Convalescent Camp, Va., do hereby acknowledge to have received of Lieut. George S. Green, 57 Mass., A.Q.M., the several articles of Clothing set opposite our respective names.

Aug. 1, 1864. Co. F, Simon Floray. 1 Blouse, valued at $3.25. Signed by Floray and signed as a witness by a sergeant.

Docket and address on the reverse panel: Clothing Acct. of Men of Battery F, 1 Penna Light Art. 2d Corps, Army Potomac, Commanding Officer, Battery F, 1 Penna. Light Art.

Light age toning and wear. Small area of paper loss at one corner which does not affect any of the content. Small stain.

Simon Floray, enlisted on July 8, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into Battery F, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery. He was mustered out of service on August 31, 1864.

The 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery saw action at 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Petersburg, to name but a few places.

Gettysburg: Batteries F & G, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, were commanded by Captain R. Bruce Ricketts during the battle of Gettysburg. They were very heavily engaged on July 2, 1863, being posted on Cemetery Hill. After fighting in the afternoon on the 2nd, a heavy column of Confederates charged their batteries at about 8 p.m. and succeeded in capturing and spiking their left piece. In his Gettysburg report in the Official Records, Rickett's writes, "the cannoneers fought them hand to hand with handspikes, rammers, and pistols, and succeeded in checking them for a moment, when a part of the 2nd Corps charged in and drove them back. During the charge I expended every round of canister in the battery, and then fired case shot without the fuses. The enemy suffered severely." His report goes on to state that he lost 6 killed, 14 wounded, 3 missing, 20 horses killed and 1,200 rounds of ammunition spent.

Lieutenant George S. Greene, 57th Massachusetts Infantry, who signed this document, was wounded in action on June 3, 1864, in the battle of Cold Harbor, Va.

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