Post Civil War Quartermaster holograph folio letter copybook of Webster J. Colburn, Captain and Assistant Quartermaster, United States Volunteers and veteran of the Union Army. The majority of the manifest is comprised of 365 carbon copies of letters from Colburn, writing from the Office of the Assistant Quartermaster, in Knoxville, TN, dated September 21 to October 18, 1865, and Memphis, TN, dated February 28 to June 15, 1866. Among his recipients are Montgomery C. Meigs, Quartermaster General of the U.S. Army, Brevet Brigadier General Robert E. Clary, and Benjamin Piatt Runkle, Chief Superintendent of the Freedmen's Bureau in Memphis during the riots of 1866. Also included are alphabetized dividers partially filled with names and numbers representing an unknown cypher. The manifest is bound in cloth covered board with leather spine with "Letters" in gilt lettering with a total of 696 pages. The first letter, addressed to Captain William Stokes, 7th Battery, Indiana Light Artillery dated September 21, 1865, is an offer for Stokes to take the position of General Superintendent at $125 per month with rations. A letter addressed to Mr. J. W. Green, dated April 4, 1866, requests for Green to "please make every exertion to finish the work on the fence around the cemetery at Ft Pillow by Saturday evening and have the head posts set to the graves". In a letter addressed to Brevet Brigadier General Robert E. Clary, dated May 1, 1866, Memphis, TN, Colburn references his direct involvement with the creation of a cemetery on the site of the Fort Pillow Massacre, April 12, 1864, stating "The reburial of the victims of the Fort Pillow Massacre and the Union dead at that place was completed under my direction on the 8th of April 1866". In a letter dated May 10, 1866, just after the Memphis Riots of 1866, addressed to Brevet Major William L. Porter, Captain and Assistant General, United States Volunteers, Colburn references the orders of Commanding General George Stoneman Jr., stationed at Fort Pickering, to find rooms for the officers involved with the aftermath of the riots, including "Major General George Stoneman Jr. Six (6) Rooms, Brevet Lieut. Colonel Myles W. Keogh Two (2) Rooms, Brevet Lieut. Colonel John E. Summers Four (4) Rooms, Brevet Major William L. Porter Two (2) Rooms, Brevet Major John P. Langdon Two (2) Rooms". The majority of the letters are related to obtaining supplies and the general maintenance of Fort Pickering, requests for salaries and other expenses, and other matters related to the position of Assistant Quartermaster. Also contains 2 pamphlets titled "Toast-The Battles of Chattanooga", a response by Major Colburn, to the Banquet Society of the Army of the Cumberland, Toledo, Ohio, September 1890. 11 1/4" H x 9" W x 2" D. Biography: Park commissioner; born Forrestville, Chautauqua Co., N.Y., November 26, 1840; son Albert Thomas and Betsy (Older) Colburn; paternal grandfather Lorin Colburn, paternal grandmother Harriet (Story) Colburn; educated Wisconsin University; married Ada E. Brahson, Sept. 13, 1866; member Chattanooga Lodge No. 199, F. & A.M., Military Order Loyal Legion; Society Army of the Cumberland and Potomac; Commissioner and Secretary Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park; Private Company K, First Wisconsin Infantry; Sergeant, First Sergeant and Second Lieutenant Third Wisconsin Battery; Captain and Assistant Quartermaster, United States Volunteers; Brevet Major United States Volunteers; served five years in Union Army during Civil War; participated in the battles of Perryville, Ky., Stone River, Chickamauga and Chattanooga, and was in various minor engagements; resident of Chattanooga since 1867; proprietor of Insurance Agency of W.J. Colburn & Co., of Chattanooga; communicant St. Paulís Episcopal Church. (source: Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler). CONDITION: Cover in very worn condition to be expected from age. Pages in mostly legible condition with foxing spots, creases, and smudges.
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