War Between the States

Signed by officer wounded in the battle of Antietam

7 1/2 x 5 1/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink.

Know all men by these Presents, That I Jesse Herbster, a Corporal in Company A, Fifty first Regiment P.V., do hereby constitute and appoint Sarah Gargrs to be my true and lawful Attorney for me, and in my name, stead and place to receive of and from the Town Council of the Borough of Norristown, in Montgomery county, any and all Bounty or Bounties which I, by reason of my enlistment being accredited to said Borough, may be entitled to,- and to receipt or release for the same as fully as I myself could do if present.

Witness my hand and seal this 6th day of July A.D. 1864. Jesse Herbster.

I hereby certify to the identity of the person named in, and the genuineness of the signature attached to, the above Power of Attorney. G.W.Z. Black, Captain V.R.C., Military Assistant, Fairfax Seminary Hosp.

Very fine.

Jesse Herbster, was a resident of Norristown, Pa., when he enlisted on September 12, 1861, as a corporal, and mustered into Co. A, 51st Pennsylvania Infantry. He mustered out of service on July 27, 1865, at Alexandria, Va.

George W.Z. Black, enlisted on March 5, 1862, as a captain, and was commissioned into Co. H, 107th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was wounded on September 17, 1862, in the battle of Antietam. On October 10, 1863, Black became a member of the Veteran Reserve Corps. He was brevetted lieutenant colonel on March 13, 1865.

Among the battle honors of the 51st Pennsylvania Infantry are 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and Petersburg, to name a few places.

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