Civil War military appointment commission document signed by both President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton in black ink, dated August 1864, conferring the rank of Captain in the Veterans Reserve Corps to James H. Remington. Housed in black painted wooden frame. Sight – 19 1/2″ H x 15 1/2″ W. Framed – 22 1/2″ H x 18 1/2″ W. Note: James H. Remington was born in Warwick, RI in 1838. He attended East Greenwich Academy before going to Brown University, where he graduated as valedictorian in 1862. In September of that year he was mustered as captain of Company H, 7th Regiment, RI Infantry. His active military career only lasted until December 13, 1862 when he was wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg in Virginia. A musket ball shattered his lower jaw and he was formally discharged by reason of disability in May 1863. Remington returned to Rhode Island where he was elected in April 1863 to the RI House of Representatives as a representative from Warwick. He resigned his seat in June as he was eager to return to military service. He accepted a captain’s commission in the newly formed Veterans Reserve Corps (initially called the Invalid Corps). He was immediately ordered to report for duty at Knight General Hospital in New Haven, CT where he assisted with the formation of companies for the Veterans Reserve Corps. After serving with several different units in Connecticut and Virginia, he settled in as captain with Company E, 1st Regiment of the Veterans Reserve Corps. The company’s primary duty was in Elmira, NY to guard rebel prisoners at Camp Chemung from November 1864 to June 1865. Provenance: Private Sevierville, TN collection. CONDITION: Fading of ink to the center of the document, some minor stains to the perimeter, possible tear lower right margin. Nice clear Presidential signature.
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