"THIS COMPANY WAS ENGAGED IN THE ACTIONS OF JUNE 26TH, 27TH AND 30TH": CIVIL WAR CONFEDERATE ARMY MUSTER ROLL OF VIRGINIA VOLUNTEERS, 1862, COMPILED JUST AFTER THE TUMULTUOUS SEVEN DAYS BATTLES
(CIVIL WAR—CONFEDERACY). Confederate Muster Roll. No place: Army of the Confederate States of America, June 30, 1862. Broadside (measures 22 by 18 inches), printed and engrossed in manuscript on recto and verso, window-matted and framed, entire piece measures 27-1/2 by 24 inches. $2500.
Scarce Civil War-era Confederate Army muster roll, dated June 30, 1862, right after the conclusion of the series of six major battles near Richmond, Virginia, that became known as the Seven Days Battles, detailing the composition and assessment of Captain J.D. Bruce's company of Virginia Volunteers.
This is the partially printed, engrossed in manuscript, muster roll of Captain J.D. Bruce's Company J of the July Fourth Regiment of Virginia Volunteers, dated the 30th of June, 1862. From Captain Bruce on down through the ranks, this muster roll details the status of 91 members of the company, including rank, when and where enlisted, when last paid, and a field for "remarks," which includes notes such as "sick absent," "discharged," "in hospital," "detached [to another unit]," "wounded," and "died." Notations for money owed for "1 Blanket $3.75" or "1 pair shoes $2.25" are also recorded. The document is endorsed by Samuel Davies, "Commanding the Company." In the field "Record of Events," on the verso (visible through the window-matting), it has been noted, "This Company was engaged in the actions of June 26th, 27th and 30th, and participated in all the services required of… Maj. Gen. A.P. Hill's command." The "actions" referred to were part of the Seven Days Battles, an ultimately indecisive battle between the forces of Generals Lee and McClellan. General Ambrose Powell Hill, mentioned on this document, gained early fame as the commander of the "Light Division" in the Seven Days Battles; he was killed in 1865 during the Union's offensive at the Third Battle of Petersburg.
Two-inch closed tear in center of document, not affecting legibility; fold lines. Very good condition.