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4 March 1862: “I desire a position in your company if you, and your men think me worthy of it, either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Lieutenancy…”

Item description: Letter, 4 March 1862, from John Riggs to John Richardson in which Riggs is seeking a commission as a lieutenant in Richardson’s company (company L of the 41st Mississippi Infantry Regiment). According to service records, it appears that … Continue reading

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4 January 1862: “It has been reported to the General Commanding that there are many persons within our lines who are in the habit of wearing the uniform and badges of Commissioned Officers, who are not entitled thereto.”

Item description: Handwritten copy of General Orders No. 3, concerning the forbidden practice of enlisted men wearing the uniforms and badges of commissioned officers. [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: From folder 19 of the William Nelson Pendleton Papers, #1466, … Continue reading

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