Jun 21, 2016 - Sale 2420

Sale 2420 - Lot 96

Price Realized: $ 5,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(CIVIL WAR--AFRICAN-AMERICANS.) Group of 15 documents relating to Maryland African-Americans in military service. Various sizes; condition generally strong. Vp, 1865-68

Additional Details

A collection of post-war discharges and pay documents relating to 7 different soldiers, some or all of them being veterans of the Civil War. Three of the documents are "proof of freedom" certificates, issued to prove that the soldier had enlisted as a freeman, making him eligible for a higher bounty. Includes: discharge and bounty certificate for Morris Countee of the 19th U.S. Colored Troops, 1867 Discharge, bounty, cover letter, and receipt for Corporal Abraham Lincoln of the 4th U.S. Colored Troops, now of Baltimore, enlisted in 1863, "at the time of enlistment was slave of Thomas G. Welch," 1866 Bounty, discharge, receipt, and proof of freedom for George Thompson of the 39th U.S. Colored Troops, 1867 Bounty certificate and service certification issued in 1866 to Priscilla Ford, mother of Private Samuel Ford who died of disease with the 19th U.S. Colored Troops in 1864 Proof of freedom certificate issued to James Glasgow of the 19th U.S. Colored Troops, 1868 Certificate of service issued for John W. Thomas, 30th U.S. Colored Troops, died at Wilmington, NC, April 1865 Manuscript proof of freedom issued to Solomon Downes of the 39th U.S. Colored Troops, 1867.