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St. Louis Mo Dec 20-1861

 

Captain

 

I to-day rec’d a telegraphed dispatch from Washington which makes it imperative on me to repair there forthwith.  I intend to use my presence there for the benefit of the Regiment and desire this fact communicated to the men of the different companies.  See that they are exhorted to patience and to a diligent attention to their duties as soldiers – and have it impressed upon their minds that friends are working for their interest.  It is my intention to do all in my power for my officer and I expect from them as an essential aid to my efficiency.  I make by strict attention to drill and the observance of the Army Regulations; our Regiment preeminent in every soldierly quality.  If the officer will co-operate with me in making the 4th – the best Regiment in the Brigade, we can get everything we want.

 

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Let the Officer stay with their companies – keep a constant regard to the men – their drill – discipline – health and comfort – and all will go right with us.  I would to day much prefer being with you .  My absence will be employed exclusively in looking after the interests of the Regiment.

 

I shall at Washington insist upon and obtain if possible the immediate payment of the regiment – its complete equipment in arms- clothing – blankets – tents – etc. – and it, increase to 104.6 men.

 

I informed you that Gen. Hunter ordered us to Wyandot.  I expected to return by the time the Reg’t was ready to move.  I now want the matter rushed and the men moved ever as fast as quarters can be prepared for them.  Will you do me the favor to see my horses taken over and properly cared for by Glenn – and my trunk – carpet sack & sword left with Mrs. Foster in Wyandot.  See that paper hospital arrangements are made for the sick.  Also that

 

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All the public property in Kansas be transferred to Wyandot at once – I will receipt for it myself if necessary.

 

Communicate the contents of this letter to the commanding officer and to the men in order that the report therein may be carried out –

 

Yours Truly

Wm [Nece]

 

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Inventory of Arms in possession of Capt. James M. Harvey Comd’g Compy “G” 10th Regt. Kan’s Volunteers

 

1st  No. of Arms          Fifty-eight

 

2nd  Minie-rifles, Fifty Caliber .58

       Prussian rifled, Eight “      .69

 

3rd  All rifled

 

4th  Forty-nine Minie-rifles serviceable

     One “   “  to be repaired

     Four Prussian-rifles serviceable

     Four  “   “  to be repaired

 

5th  Fort-nine Minie-rifles in use

     One Minie-rifle not in use; entirely unserviceable in Company Arm-chest.

     Three Prussian rifles in use

     Five “    “  not in use; four unserviceable; one serviceable.  All at Kansas City Mo. Stored       with Cockerill & Co. 

Order for the above inventory received 17th November 1862

 

Camp Babcock Ark.

Nov. 18th 1862

 

James M Harvey Capt

Comdg Co (“G) 9th Reg K. V.

 

P. O. Address – Fort Scott Kansas (To be forwarded.

 

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$33.25  Headquarters 10th Reg K.V.

Cane Hill Dec 22d, 1862

 

Received of Captn M. Quigg senior officer of Council of Administration of the 10th REg K. V. thirty three dollars & twenty five cents being proceeds of sales of the effects of Private Wm C. Wilson Co. K. 10th Reg K.V.  Charles Kyer Private Co. G. 10th Reg K. V. & Private Joshua Taylor Co. B. 10th Reg K. V. all deceased from wounds rec’d at the battle of Prairie Grove Ark Dec 7th 1862

 

H.H.Williams

Major Comdg

10th Reg K.V.

 

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Descriptive List and Account of Pay and Clothing of Corporal John W. Kent of Co. )”G”) 10th K.V.

 

John W. Kent Corpl. Age 25, Blue Eyes, Brown Hair, Fair Complexion, Height 5 ft. 5 inches, Ohio, Piqua County, Occupation-Saddler, Enlisted 7th Aug 1861 at Fort Leavenworth by Lieut Affley for 3 yrs.  Last paid by paymaster Maj Adams to 31st Aug 1862 to Q.M. Adams, Dec. 31/63

Remarks – He was engaged in an action at Osceola Mo on 22nd Sept 1861  Clothing acct. settled in full to include Dec. 31/63

Daniel M. Adams

Paymaster to V.A.

 

There is due to him from the United States the Sum of twenty six dollars and twenty five cents ($26.25) on account of Clothing not drawn in kind

 

Paid by Major Adams to include the 28th day of Febry 1863

W Gallaher

1st Lt & A.A.A.G.

Paid by Major Sleeper to include the 30th day of June 1863

Wm Gallaher

[XXXXX]

 

I certify that the above is a correct transcript from the Records of my Company

Station:  In the Field  James M Harvey

Date:  December 31st 1862  Capt Comdg Co. G. 10th Regt K. V.

 

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Jan. 31, 1863  The United States

To Capt James M Harvey Comd’g G Compy 10th Regt K. V.  Dr

 

1863 Jan. 31st For D  c

/30 lbs/” Thirty pounds of flour a 2 ½   00.75

/31 qts/” thirty-one quarts of Beans a 2 3/8  2.91

/30 lbs/ Thirty pound of Soap a 5 ½  1.65

/3 gll./ Three gallons of Vinegar a 12 ½  00.37 ½

Total $5.68 ½

 

I certify that the articles above mentioned are the actual Savings of my Company from the 11th to the 31st of January 1863

Examined  James M Harvey Capt

H. H. Williams Maj Comdg

 

I certify that the above account is correct and just that the articles mentioned have been taken up on my Return of Provisions for January

 

Recived 1863 from A. C. S. the sum of ------------in full of the above account

 

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The United States

To Capt James M Harvey Comdg G Compy 10th Regt K. V. Dr 

 

1863 Jan. 31st   For       D   c

/30 lbs/: Thirty pounds of flour a 2 ½     00.75

/31qts/” Thirty-one quarts of Beans a 2 3/8    2.91

/30 lbs/” Thirty pounds of Soap a 5 ½     1.65

/3 gll./” Three gallons of Vinegar a 12 ½    00.37 ½

Total $5.68 ½

 

I certify that the above articles above mentioned are the actual Savings of my Company from the 11th to the 31st of January 1863

Examined James M Harvey Capt

H. H. Williams Maj Comdg  [XXXXX]

 

I certify that the above is correct and just that the articles mentioned have been taken up on my Return of Provisions for January

 

Recived  1863 from A. C. T the sum of in full of the above account

 

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The United States

To Capt James M Harvey Comdg G Compy 10th Regt K. V. Dr 

 

1863 Jan. 31st   For       D   c

/30 lbs/: Thirty pounds of flour a 2 ½     00.75

/31qts/” Thirty-one quarts of Beans a 2 3/8    2.91

/30 lbs/” Thirty pounds of Soap a 5 ½     1.65

/3 gll./” Three gallons of Vinegar a 12 ½    00.37 ½

Total $5.68 ½

 

I certify that the above articles above mentioned are the actual Savings of my Company from the 11th to the 31st of January 1863

Examined James M Harvey Capt

H. H. Williams Maj Comdg  [XXXXX]

 

I certify that the above is correct and just that the articles mentioned have been taken up on my Return of Provisions for January

 

Recived  1863 from A. C. T the sum of in full of the above account

 

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The United States

To Capt James M Harvey Comdg G Compy 10th Regt K. V. Dr 

 

1863 Jan. 31st   For       D   c

/30 lbs/: Thirty pounds of flour a 2 ½     00.75

/31qts/” Thirty-one quarts of Beans a 2 3/8    2.91

/30 lbs/” Thirty pounds of Soap a 5 ½     1.65

/3 gll./” Three gallons of Vinegar a 12 ½    00.37 ½

Total $5.68 ½

 

I certify that the above articles above mentioned are the actual Savings of my Company from the 11th to the 31st of January 1863

Examined James M Harvey Capt

H. H. Williams Maj Comdg  [XXXXX]

 

I certify that the above is correct and just that the articles mentioned have been taken up on my Return of Provisions for January

 

Recived  1863 from A. C. T the sum of in full of the above account

 

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Head Quarter 1st Div – Army of [Frontier] Camp in James Fork – 2 miles North White River

March 21, 1863

 

Capt. James M Harvey,

 

Yours of 24th inst. is rec’d.  In reply need state that you ar a member of the Army of the [Frontier] doing service in the Field – not at a post can go wherever you are ordered.  I as your superior officer can order you on duty where I deem best and no earthly power can control me save Gen. Schofield my immediate commander.  I have placed you at Springfield for many reasons -  That I might have there an officer of my command to attend to its business generally attending to furnishing it with Commissary & Quartermasters stores – its mail matter – communication between one portion of the command and another – etc etc etc – In short I have as much right to send you to Springfield as any where.  The local regulations adopted by the Commanding Officer

 

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of the SW Dist. of Mo. cannot apply to[give] acting under the order of your superior officer.  He has nothing to do with you nor any member of my command when obeying orders.  I have but one immediate superior – Gen. Schofield.  Unless otherwise directed by him – my order to you given your action against this from any person under higher in authority than himself.  I sent you to Springfield upon an important public mission.  I desire you to remain there.  If any one arbitrarily interferes with your functins inform me promptly of the fact when I will report him to that authority which can afford the proper redress.  I take all the responsibility.

 

Your Truly

Wm Weer

[Ad]. Army Div.

 

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Head Quarters 1st Division

Army of the Frontier

Camp in the Field March 22, 1863

 

Special Order

No. 24.

 

IV . . .Captain J. M. Harvey 10th K. V. is hereby directed to go to Springfield take charge of mails of this Division and attend to keeping open the communication with the 1st & 2nd Brigade forwarding all dispatches and communications with as little delay as possible

 

By Order of Col Wm Weer

[XXXXXXXXX]

1st Lieut & A.A.A.G.

 

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Head Quarters 1st Div – Army of Frontier

Camp at Berryville-Arkansas

March 29 1863

 

Capt Jas. M. Harvey.

 

Dr Sir-

 

I have had a [XXXXX] of difficulty in crossing White River.  It has swollen with rain.  Am ordered to take a position in front of Forsythe to protect it.  My advance at Carrollton report a rebel force of 3 or 400 men some 12 miles from them.  I march in that direction tomorrow in order to attack them.

 

In consequence of these orders to get south of Forsyth I have called in all the couriers – and must now rely in the troops at Forsythe to forward mail matter.  These troops by the way are attached by order of Gen. Schofield to my Division.  I have directed Col. Kent in command there to send messengers to you.

 

Yesterday I sent my ambulance [Cable] of the 10th driver to Springfield for some things.  Please see that he is provided for & if a safe opportunity offers start him back to Forsythe, without waiting for the commissary train.  You will hear of him at Coye’s store.  IF any important communication arrives you must rely in a messenger from

 

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Springfield to bring it to Forsythe.  Have you heard form the other Brigade.  Where is it & what is it doing.  Please send me St Louis papers at every chance.  Give my respects to Mrs. Harvey.

 

Yours Truly

Wm Weer

 

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Headquarters, 1st Div. Army of Frontier.

Forsyth, Mo. Apl 13, 1863.

 

Capt Harvey

10th Kan. [Inf] Vol.

Springfield, Mo.

 

Captain,

 

I am directed by the Colonel commanding to say that the mail party which started from these H. Q. with the Div. Mail at 10 o’clock P.M. on the 10th inst. has not get been heard from.  Unnecessary tardiness on the part of the mail-party itself, is supposed to be the cause of their present non-appearance.

 

Accordingly, in view of affording a ready means of fixing the responsibility of delay where it properly belongs, all mail-parties sent hereafter from these H. Q. will carry with them an envelope addressed to yourself, on which you are requested to note the time of receipt by you, as well as the time of their departure from your office in returning to H. Q. – allowing them to bring back said envelope on their return.

 

Much trouble is experienced in consequence of the non-return of bags used for conveying Div. mails to Springfield.  Please prevent their being detained at that place, or forwarded elsewhere than to these Hdqrters.

 

Very respectfully

Your Obt. Servt.

Chas. A. Perry 1st Lt &

A. A. A. Genl.

 

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Headquarters Dept. of the Missouri.

Saint Louis, Mo, May 15th 1864

Special Orders,

No. 133. 

 

….. Capt. James M. Harvey, Co. H. 10th Kan. Infty. Will, at once, relieve Capt. D. M. Caldwell, Co. L. 3d Mich. Cary, in charge of the Gratiol Street Military Prison, in this city.

 

Captain Caldwell, upon being relieved, will rejoin his regiment, without delay, for duty therewith.

 

By command of Maj. Genl. Rosecrans

 

(Signed) O. D. Greene,

Asst. Adjt. Genl.

 

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Headquarters Dept. of the Missouri.

Saint Louis, Mo, May 15th 1864

Special Orders,

No. 133. 

 

….. Capt. James M. Harvey, Co. H. 10th Kan. Infty. Will, at once, relieve Capt. D. M. Caldwell, Co. L. 3d Mich. Cary, in charge of the Gratiol Street Military Prison, in this city.

 

Captain Caldwell, upon being relieved, will rejoin his regiment, without delay, for duty therewith.

 

By command of Maj. Genl. Rosecrans

 

(Signed) O. D. Greene,

Asst. Adjt. Genl.

 

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[May, 1863]

 

The United States.

 

To Captain James M Harvey Commanding O. “G: 10th redgt. Kas. Vols.

 

May 1863

For    dols  cents

25 lbs Twenty-five pounds of Hard Bread @ 4 ½ cents per pound  1. 12 ½

34 – Thirty four pounds of Flour @ 3 ¼ cents per pound  1.10 ½

5 – Five pounds of coffee Green @ 30 cents pr. Pound  1.50

9 – Nine pound of Suggar @ 11 ¾ cents per pound  1.05 ¾

9- Nine quarts of Beans @ 5 cents per quart  0.45

3 – Three pounds of rice @ 8 cents per pound  0.24

3 – Pounds of Hommoney @ 2 center per pound 0.06

2 – Two pounds of Soap @ 5 ½ cents per pound  0.11

1 – One pound of Candles @ 20 cents per pound 0.20

Total $5.84 ¾

 

Total Amount Five Dollars and 84 ¾ /100  $5.84 ¾

 

I certify that the articles above mentioned are the actual saving of my company For the month of May 1863

 

Examined

Capt Jno. [Broadhead] James H Harris 1st Lieut

Comdg 10th K Q Commanding Company

 

I certify that the above account is correct and just, that the articles Mentioned have Been Taken up on my returning Provisions For May 1863 and that I have not paid the account

 

Received 1863 From

a.c.s the Sum of           Dollars and cents in full of the above amount

 

James H Harris 1st Lieut

Commanding Company

 

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The United States

 

To Capt. James M. Harvey Commanding Co “G” 10 Regt. Kans. Volt

 

1863

May

 

For                Dol cents

25 lbs  Twenty five pounds of Hard Bread @ 4 ½ cents  1.12 ½

34 / Thirty four pounds of Flour @ 3 ¼ cts  1.10 ½

5/ Five pounds of Coffee Green @ 30 cts  1.50

9/ Nine pounds of Sugger @ 11 ¾ Cts  1.50 ¾

3/ Three pounds of Rice @ 8 cts  0.24

9/ Nine Quarts of Beans @ 5 cts  0.45

3/ Three pounds of Hommony @ 2 cts  0.06

2 lbs/ Two pound of Soap @ 5 ½ cts  0.11

1/ One pound of Candles @ 20 cts  0.20

Total  $5.84 ¾

 

Total amount Five Dollars and 84 ¾ = $5.84 ¾        

 

I certify that the articles above mentioned are the actuel SAvins of my company for the Month of May 1863

 

Examined

Capt. Jno F. Broadhead  James H Harris 1st Lieut

Commdg 10th Reg  Commdg. Company

 

I certify that the above account is correct and just.  That the articles mentioned have been taken up on my return of provisions for May 1863 and that I have not paid the account.

 

Recived  1863 form A. C. S. the sum of       in full of the above account

 

James H Harris 1st Lieut

Commdg. Company

 

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The United States

 

To Captain James M. Harvey Commanding Co. G. 10th regt.  Kas Vols

 

1863

May

For      dols    cents

25 lbs – Twenty five pounds of Hard Bread @ 4 ½ cents pr. lb.  1. 12 ½

34 – Thirty Four pounds of Flour @ 3 ¼ cents pr. pound  1.10 ½    

5 – Five pounds of Coffee Green @ 30 cents pr. pound  1.50

9 – Nine pounds of Suggar @ 11 ¾ cents per pound  1.50 ¾

9 – Quarts of Benas at 5 cents pr quart 0.45

3 – Three pounds of rice @ 8 cents per pound  0.24

3 – Three pounds of Hommony @ 2 cents pr. pound  0.06

2 – Two pounds of Soap @ 5 ½ cents per pound  0.11

1 – One pound of Candles @ 20 cents per pound  0.20

$5.84 ¾

 

Total amount Five Dollars and 84 ¾ /100 5.84 ¾

 

I certify That the articles above mentioned are the actual Savings of my company For the month of May 1863

 

Examined

Capt Jno. F. Broadhead  James H Harris 1st Lieut

Comdg 10th K. V.

 

Commanding Company I certify That the above account is correct and just, that the articles Mentioned have Been taken up on my return of previsions For May 1863 and that I have not paid the account

 

Received of  1863  [XXXXX]

A. C. S. The Sum of            Dollars and cents in full of the above amount

 

James H Harris 1st Lieut

Commanding Company

 

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The United States

 

To Captain James M Harvey Commanding Co. G. 10th Regt. Kas. Vol.

 

1863

May

For          dollars   cents

25 lbs Twenty five pounds of Hard Bread @ 4 ½ cents pr. pound  1.12 ½

34 – thirty-four pounds of Flour @ 3 ¼ cents per pound  1. 10 ½

5 + pounds of Coffee Green @ 30 cents per pound  1.50

9 – Nine pounds of Suggar @ 11 ¾ cent per. Pound  1.50 ¾

9  Nice quarts of Beans @ 5 cents per quart  0.45

3 – Three pounds of rice @ 8 cents per pound  0.24

3 – Three pounds of Hommony @ 2 cents pr. pound  0.06

2 – Two pounds of Soap @ 5 ½ cents pr. pound  0.11

1 – One pound of Candles @ 20 cents – per pound  0.20

$5.84 ¾

 

Total Amount Five Dollars and 84 ¾ /100  5.84 ¾

 

I certify that the articles above mentioned are the actual Savings of my company For the month of May 1863

 

Examined

Capt. Jno F. Broadhead  James H Harris 1st Lieut

Comdg 10th KV.

 

Commanding Company

I certify That the above account is correct and just that the articles Mentioned have Been taken up on my return of provisions For May 1863 and that I have not paid the Account

 

Received  1863 From A. C. S. the Sum of             Dollars and cents in full of the above amount

 

James H Harris 1st Lieut

Commanding Company

 

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The United States

 

To Capt James M Harvey  Commdg Co “G” 10th Regt  K. V.

 

1863

May

For      Dol  cents

 

/25 lbs Twenty five pounds of Hard Bread @ 4 ½ ct  1.12 ½

/34 =/ Thirty four pounds of Flour @ 3 ¼ ct  1.10 ½

/5 = / Five pounds of Coffee Green @ 30 ct  1.50

/9 = / Nine pounds of Sugger @ 12 ¾ ct  1. 05 ¾

/9 qts / Nine quarts of Beans @ 5 ct  0.45

/3 lbs/ Three pounds of Rice @ 8 ct  0.24

/3 = / Three pound of Hommony @ 2ct  0.06

/2 = / Two pounds of Soap @ 5 ½ 0.11

/1=/ One pound of Candles @ 20 ct  0.20

$5.84 ¾

 

Total amount Five Dollars and 84 ¾  5.84 ¾

 

I certify that the articles above mentioned are the actuel Savings of my Company for the Month of May 1863

 

Examined

Capt. Jno. F. Broadhead  James H Harris 1st Lieut

Comdg 10th K. V.

 

Commdg Company

I certify that the above account is correct and just that the articles mentioned have been taken up on my return of provision for May 1863 and that I have not paid the account

 

Recived  1863 from

A.C.S. the Sum of        in full of the above amount

 

James H Harris 1st Lieut

Commdg Company

 

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Head Quarters, Department of the Missouri,

St. Louis, Mo. Jany 17th 1864.

 

Special Orders, No. 16

 

2

 

Leave of Absence is hereby granted Capt James M Harvey Co “G” 10th Kan. Vols for Ten (10) days.

 

By Command of Major General Schofield,

 

O. D.  [Green]

Assistant Adjutant General

 

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Head Quarters Genl Rendezvous I. Co.

and Remiting Service

Fort Leavenworth

March 28. 1864.

 

Sir

 

I have the honor to Enclose herewith Muster and Descriptive Roll of Remit Emery Burke of Co “G: 10th Regt Kansas Vols Infty.

 

Very Respectfully

Yours etc

 

J. Vamber Horcts Capt [I. E.]

Commanding Genl Rendzos

Ile & Remiting Service

 

Commanding Officers

“G” Company 10th Regt Kas Vols

Alton Ills.

 

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I certify, on honor, that Joseph Mitchell a Private of Captain J. M. Harvey’s Company G of the Tenth Regiment of Kans. Infantry Volunteers, of the State of Kansas, born in Clarion Co. State of Pennsylvania, aged 18 years; 5 feet 7 inches high; dark complexion, Black eyes, Black hair, and by occupation a Farmer, having joined the company on the 19th day of April 1863 at Fort Scott Kansas, on the Nineteenth day of April 1863, (and was mustered in service as a recruit by Major Brackett Mustering Officer, at Rolla Mo, on the Twenty ninth day of May, 1863, to serve in the Regiment,) for the term of one year from date of Enlistment and having served honestly and faithfully with his Company in [unreadable] to the present date, is now entitled to Discharge by reason of his Term of Enlistment

 

The said Joseph Mitchell was last paid by Paymaster Major Pope to include the 31st day of December, 1863, and has pay due him from that time to the present date; he is entitled to pay and subsistence for traveling to place of enrollment and whatever other allowances are authorized to volunteer soldiers, or militia, so discharged.  He has received no Premium nor Bounty advanced by the United States.

 

There is to be stopped form him on account of the United States for extra clothing received in kind from Capt. James M. Harvey 10th K. V. and for other stoppages, viz:  For extra Clothing Eighteen dollars and Eighty three cents amounting to Eighteen dolls 83/100 dollars;

 

Given in Duplicate, at Alton Ill., this 19th day of April, 1864.

 

James M Harvey

Captain Commanding Company.

 

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Final Statement

Of

Joseph Mitchell

10th Reg’t of Kansas

Volunteers

 

[not transcribed]

 

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Pay Department repa

St Louis Mo

20th April 1864

 

I decline paying [XXXXX] case, as the man is not properly discharged

 

Robert Smith

Paymaster repa

 

No order is required to muster out a soldier on expiration of service -  An mustering officer should [satisfy] him [XXXXX] that his time has expired.

 

Recd. Hd.Qrs. Dept of Mo (20.) – Apl 21/ 1864. 

E. B. Page 44 – 1864.

 

According to late instructions from War Dept. the term of service of Volunteers does not commence until they are mustered in.  This man being mustered in on the 29th day of May, 1863, his term of service has not yet expired.

 

Wm Hallock

2d Lt & A.C.M.

 

Head Qrs. Dept. of the Mo.

St Louis April 21st/64

 

Respectfully referred to Col. Wm Weer, 10th Kans Vols.  This man has been improperly discharged.  See above [XXXXX] of Lt. Hallock, A.C.M.

 

By order of

Maj. Genl. Rosecrans.

 

James M Harvey

Adj.

 

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I certify, on honor, that Joseph Mitchell a Private of Captain Jas. M. Harvey Company G of the Tenth Regiment of Infantry Volunteers, of the State of Kansas, born in Clarion Co., State of Pennsylvania, aged 18 years; 5 feet 7 inches high; Dark complexion, Black eyes, Black hair, and by occupation a Farmer, having joined the company on The 19th day of April 1863 at Fort Scott Kansas, and enrolled in it at Fort Scott Kansas, on the Nineteenth day of April, 1863, (and was mustered in service as a recruit, by Major Brackett Mustering Officer, at Rolla Mo, on the Twenty ninth day of May, 1863, to serve in the Regiment,) for the term of one year from date of Enlistment and having served Honestly and Faithfully with his Company in the Regiment to the present date, is now entitled to a Discharge by reason of The Expiration of his Time of Enlistment

 

The said Joseph Mitchell was last paid by Paymaster Major Pope to include the 31st day of December, 1863, and has pay due him from that time to the present date; he is entitled to pay the subsistence for Traveling to place of enrollment and whatever other allowances are authorized to volunteer soldiers, or militia, so discharged.  He has received no Premium nor Bounty advanced by the United States.

 

There is to be stopped form him on account of the United States for extra clothing received in kind from Capt. James M. Harvey and for other stoppages, viz:

 

For Extra Clothing Eigh[XXXXXXX]  amounting to [XXXX] dollars.

 

Given in Duplicate, at Alton Ill., this 19th day of April, 1864.

 

James M Harvey

Captain Commanding Company.

 

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Final Statement

of

Joseph Mitchell

10th Reg’t of Kansas

Volunteers.

                       

[Not transcribed.]

 

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I certify, on honor, that Joseph Mitchell a Private of Captain J. M. Harveys Company G of the tenth Regiment of Kansas Infantry Volunteers of the State of Kansas, born in Clarion County, State of Pennsylvania, aged 18 years; 5 feet 7 inches high; Dark complexion, Black eyes, Black hair, and by occupation a Farmer, having joined the company on The 19th day of April 1863 Fort Scott Kansas, and enrolled in the service of the United States at Fort Scott Kansas, on the Nineteenth day of April, 1863, (and was mustered in service as a recruit, by Major Brackett Mustering officer, at Rolla Mo, on the Twenty ninth day of May, 1863, For service in the Regiment for the term of one year from date of enlistment.

 

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Golden City Colorado Territory

June 13th AD 1864

 

Mr James M Harvey

 

Sir

 

You will please deliver to C B Clements.  Or Order the certifficates of Lands Entered in the name of Richard Wamsley & Elipheltet Wamsly, Or in case my warrents are not laid – you will please deliver to said Clements or order Land Warrant No 60457 assigned to Richard Wamsley & Land Warrant No 3.7.09 in the name of Moses McGerren & assigned to Eliphellet Wamsley – Or in case the warrents cannot be had, you will please settle with the same for the Value of said warrents, And much oblige yours &c.

 

Richardson Wamsley

Eliphellet Wamsley

By Loch Wamsley

 

Attest

Court C. Clements

G N Chilcott

Reg. [XXXXXXXX]

 

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Land Warrant Certificate No 3709 for 160 acres issued in the name of Chases McFerren [Musch] 3d Reg Ohio Vols under date of Oct 6th 1857 and Land Warrant No 6057 issued in the nem of Othinel Coalscott private of Captain Breh’s Company Maryland Militia war of 1812 dated 8th day of April 1857 and assigned to Richardson Wamsley were both mailed by Captain James M Harvey 10th Kansas Infantry directed to Capt James R McClure Fort Riley Kansas

 

Mailed July 15th 1864 Letter registered

 

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Not transcribed.

 

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General

 

Copies of this order have been sent to each Regimental Commander in your District

 

T. J. Anderson

Adgt. General

 

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Hd. Qrs. Mil Station Alton Ill’s.,

Aprl 23rd

Respectfully referred to the Comdg Officer 10th Kans. Infty, any attention invited to the enclosed endorsement

 

By order of

Col. Weer

 

Jno. Sherim

1st Lieut, 10th Kans.

Station Adjt.

 

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Head Quarters 58th Ills.

Montgomery Alabama

Oct. 14th 1865

 

Dear Brother

 

Your letter of Aug 7th came to hand some weeks ago I was very glad to hear that you had nearly recovered our usual good health  Our regt has remained in camp here all the Summer And have had no occasion to exhibit their valor  we had considerable sickness here during the Summer months but it has been tolerable healthy now for the last month

 

Your old rgt the 10th Kansas have been here untill about two months ago but I never saw much of it for it was camped some three miles

 

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from this place  I never got to see Norman Bradly nor Austin as their company was on detached service at Greenville forty miles from here

 

The 10th left here six weeks ago to be mustered out

 

You want to know how I like military life  I like it very well for you know that we see nothing but the “Pomp and circumstance of glorious war” and none of its dangers and hardships  The only thing which I have seen that was very military was the review of the troops here on the 31st of May by Major Gen A J Smith  That was a fine sight  It made me think of Walter Scott’s lines (which I have so often heard you read) “T’were worth ten years of peaceful life

One glance at their array”

 

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All the troops that are here are our regt a detatchment of the 178th New York and part of the Sixth Ills Cavalry

 

I received a letter from George about two months ago in which he informed me that you was now a Brigadier General of Kansas militia.  I congratulate you Sincerely  many have “Waked all the night and labored all the day”  Although the duties of your office may not be very important the title is a very fine thing to have attached to your name and it was very gratifying to my family pride to hear that you had obtained it  You want to know what I think the South and of the chivalry how I have not seen much of either of these

 

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inseparable objects but can say that I have seen more of the the former than of the latter  The only way in which the Chivalry have manifested their valer has been in their same old style that of beating or shooting some negro

 

I have had good health since coming here, with one or two slight exceptions  We do not know how long we will remain in the service, but the supposition is that we will remain until January  Give my respects to Charlotte and Clara  You must write frequently and I will reply more promptly  Direct your letters Via Montgomery and West Point R. R.  I received a letter from George dated Sept 16th he had not located yet  I remain your most affectionately  Your brother

 

J. E. Harvey

Asst. Surg 58th Ills 

 

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The Nile of Thought

 

Mystic river of vital force

That O’er times sans doth ever wind

In eddys vast with devious course,

Etherial river of mortal mind

In viewless depths it doth immerse

The mystery of the universe

 

As for the source of Egypt’s Nile,

vainly many have toiling sought while

Weary searchers having dought the

To trace the hidden “Nile of Thought”

With work more vast its banks are,

Than lined Nile at Egypt’s noon,

 

As often up the soul Niles

Our Memorys pensively go

(Rise many ruined lucors files

Many a Hannaks faded glow)

“To those calm fountains of the Nile”

Zephyred by a Mothers smile

O Sphinx upon the shrouded Nile,

Dost meditate upon its flow;

To inward looks the mind the while

The current of the soul to know;

What vapors feed it starting [rill]

What ocean both its ending fill

 

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As Egypt’s flood no source revealed;

Though Egypt’s life dwelt in her Spring,

So flowing thought, from found concealed

Lifes crown eternal to mortal beings;

Lee O Soul with doubt so rife

Minds river the “River of Life”

 

Ethiop’s depths no more may roll,

All veiled the source of Shrouded Nile; 

Thou searchers of the “Golden Bowl”

Why linger yet with voltas pile,

While chemists with the solar ray,

Scorn space and times [depth] Sway,

 

Thou veil that hides us from ourselves

Thou veil that hangs beyond  our reach

Thou veil for which the [toders] delves,

As for gems upon the diamond beach

How long O man this veil hath hung And Sphinx in pantomime hat sung,

“Let the souls veil be backward flung”

 

As Egypt’s morn thy form apreared

Let Egypts eve thy answer give,

And doubting souls by waiting seared

The answer fear and hoping live

Suppliant stone how long alone

Hast heard but Niles from monotone

 

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Thou Memnon to the rising Sun,

Didst ope they marble lips and dumb;

When thy prayer O Sphinx is done,

Wilst hear the waited answer come

On Egypts Sphynx widely flung

And whispered thy cold locks among.

 

And Thou art Sphinx an ancient Prayer

That man his soul should seek to Know;

Thou mystic prayer unuttered there

From questioning Sphinx doth everflow;

Thou voiceless eloquence of stone

Endless changeless and alone,

 

Thou Menes with thy will hath wrought,

A prayer eternal and sublime,

And silently thy Sphinx hat sought,

Through wheeling centuries of time,

The chain to loose the veil unwind

That shrouds in night the Human mind.

 

As Menes by the chisseled block,

So we breathe our prayer to day,

Will no Moses smite the rock

And the thirst of ages stay,

Smite it with the minds swift ray

And let the mystery float away

 

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O Riddle of the world’s youth,

Yield though the scepter unto me,

That I may loose a sealed truth

And live in the world’s memory,

Throw backward errors dark array

And mass Truth’s forces in her way

 

Let me thy last Oedipus be,

And solve (as he thy riddle old)

Thy riddle of eternity

From nerve and cell the soul unfold,

Place it before our mortal grace

And know O soul thy endless way’s.

 

And thou art Brain the banks along,

Which Soul Nile doth ever flow,

And Poet’s strain of lyric song

Is done Nile’s murmured music low;

Thus from rill to ocean back

Soul ether flows in vital trck

 

And Life is formless as the air,

(Without organic plastic mould)

And Soul electric Ether rare

In its vast atmosphere unrolled

As Earth to tongued flame in storm

To Brain to Soul gives force and form.

 

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And Death is but the fervid Sun,

That vitalizes atoms vile,

To be wafted yet sublimely on

To sources of another Nile,

And thus in natures ceaseless strife

To be woven into Higher Life.

 

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Letter from –

Dr J. E. Harvey

 

Manuscript of

The Nile of Thought

 

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[XXXXX] on Friday Aug [2nd] visited Secy of War and secured order for Gen [Hardie] to visit Washington for the purpose of recognizing vouchers also visited 3d Auditors office saw [XXXXX] [XXXXX] and Mr Pettingill  then visited the controllers office and saw Dr Broadhead the controller of the Treasury who refered me to the Act of 3d of March 1817 3 Stat., Nos. 3 & 6 which shows the necessity of the kind of settlement required then telegraphed to the State Treasurer to send me Certified copies of the Rolls not duplicated  Spent Saturday in trying to find the package of vouchers but they did not arrive before Monday  then saw Gen Rutherford and chief clerk and Mr Pettingill then again saw Dr Broadhead and made arrangements to have Mr Pettingill and Mr Butterfield compare vouchers together for the two offices in order to save time

 

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Property Returns Division.

 

Ordnance Office,

War Department,

Washington, D. C., August 17, 1863.

 

Comdg Officer

Co “G: 10th Reg Kansas Vols

 

Sir:

 

The Co History pertaining to Co “G” for the 2d & 3d quarter, 1863 has not yet been received at this office.

 

Your attention is called to the fact that you have this day been reported to the Adjutant General of the Army as a delinquent for the quarter named above; with the recommendation that measures may be taken to stop your pay, until the required History has been rendered by you, examined in this office, and adjusted by the Second Auditor of the Treasury.

 

By order of the Chief of Ordnance:

 

Geo. T. Balchl.

 

Assistant to Chief of Ordnance.

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