CIVIL WAR - LETTER FROM QM DEPT TO MAJOR BUSH 185 NY

1 pg part-printed letter, approx. 8" x 10-1/4", with printed heading: "Quartermaster General's Office, Division of Clothing and Equipage, Washington City, D.C.", and dated March 12, 1866, from Colonel & Brevet Brigadier General Alex. J. Perry (handstamped signature), to "Capt. R.P. Bush, Company E, 185th New York Vols."

The addressee, Robert P. Bush , (1842-1923), had a distinguished fighting career in the Civil War. At the outbreak of the war, he enlisted as a Private in the 12th Regt. N.Y. Volunteers, and fought in the Battles of Bull Run, Yorktown, the Seven Days', Fredericksburg & Antietam. At the end of his term of service, he reenlisted in the 185th N.Y. Regt., becoming Captain on Sept. 17, 1864, and Major on Jan. 1, 1865. While with the 185th NY, he was much action at Petersburg, Va., with the 5th Army Corps, and was taken prisoner at the Battle of Hatcher's Run, in early Feb., 1865, and was subsequently exchanged.

This letter, written less than a year after the end of the Civil War, concerns Bush's Company returns for clothing, camp & garrison equipage for the last few months he was Captain of Co. E, 185th NY. Apparently there were still problems with his final accountings with the Army, probably caused by his having been taken prisoner in Feb, 1865.

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