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Commissions, 1857-1862

Commissions, 1865-66

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Alexander N. Shipley Military Commissions, 1858-1866 MS 328



Title: Alexander N. Shipley Military Commissions
Dates: 1858-1866
Abstract: Five commissions recording the military promotions of Alexander N. Shipley from 2nd Lieutenant (1858) to Brevet Lieutenant Colonel (1866), and containing either authentic or stamped signatures of U. S. Presidents (James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson); also included is a smaller document relating to Shipley’s promotion to Brevet Lieutenant Colonel .
Identification: MS 328
Quantity: 0.1 linear ft.(6 documents in one folder)
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Repository: Woodson Research Center

Historical Note

The five commissions in this collection document the promotions before and during the U.S. Civil War of Alexander N. Shipley, first as 2nd and then 1st Lieutenant in the Third Regiment of Infantry (1858 and 1861, respectively), then to Assistant Quartermaster with the rank of Captain in 1862, and finally to Brevet Lieutenant Colonel and Brevet Major, both in 1866 (brevet ranks in general being nominal ranks without additional pay or right of command, conferred by the President of the United States by and with consent of the Senate for distinguished military conduct and service).

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Scope and Contents

The Alexander N. Shipley Military Commissions consist of five oversized (c. 16” x 19”) parchment documents under the decorative title ‘The President of the United States of America’ and bearing official wax seals. Each is dated and signed by or stamped with the signature of the incumbent President (James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, or Andrew Johnson), followed by that of the incumbent Secretary of War. Also included is one 8” x 10” document imprinted on a sheet of folded 10” x 16” paper, relating to Shipley’s promotion to Brevet Lieutenant Colonel.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Alexander N. Shipley Military Commissions must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Army. Maine Infantry Regiment, 7th (1861-1864).
Subjects
American Civil War (1861-1865)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alexander N. Shipley Military Commissions, 1858-1866, MS 328, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 
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1 Commissions, 1857-1862
Scope and Contents note
The John C. Crosby Diary (1861-62, 1865-68) consists of 59 pages of ledger paper measuring 3” x 5” written on both sides in pencil and ink and encased in a leather binding. Crosby’s entries record his experiences (evidently as a hospital orderly) while serving during the United States Civil War from August 1861 to August 1862 in the Seventh Maine Regiment. His entries record activities primarily while he was in Georgia, where he notes heavy battle around Savannah and the capture of Fort Pulaski in November 1861. He notes diseases treated (small pox and typhoid fever among others), deaths, and everyday hospital routine (including an incident of ‘head check and washing and killing lice’). The last portion of the diary (1865-68) records Crosby’s activities and personal finances as a hired farm worker after returning to civilian life (‘6 Days Moving House and Barn - $9.00,’ ‘1 Day Chopin wood - $1.00’).
Nomination and appointment as Second Lieutenant in the Third Regiment of Infantry, effective June 1, 1857. Signed by President James Buchanan, February 6, 1858.
Nomination and appointment as First Lieutenant in the Third Regiment of Infantry, effective May 3, 1861. Signed by President Abraham Lincoln, September 17, 1861.
Nomination and appointment as Assistant Quartermaster with rank of Captain, effective March 24, 1862. Signed by President Abraham Lincoln March 25, 1862.

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1 Commissions, 1865-66
Commission as Lieutenant Colonel by Brevet, effective March 13, 1865. Hand- stamped with signature of President Andrew Johnson, August 10, 1866.
Commission as Major by Brevet, effective March 13, 1865. Hand-stamped with signature of President Andrew Johnson, August 10, 1866.
Notification to Shipley of appointment as Lieutenant Colonel by Brevet, effective March 13, 1865. Issued by War Department August 3, 1865, and hand-stamped with signature of Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War.

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