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Civil War Discharge for Lt. Norman H. Meldrum, 21st New York Cavalry,
Special Collections: American History, Nov. 11th, 2010
partially printed document on vellum, illustrated and dated October 1866, 15" x 18.5" in period walnut frame, 18" x 22".

Norman enlisted as 22-year-old second lieutenant with Co. G, 21st New York Cavalry, transferred several times to other companies and made the rank of first lieutenant when discharged in 1866. Before joining the cavalry he had served in the 100th New York Infantry as a corporal and was discharged for Brights Disease, which was used to describe several kidney-related problems. Norman obviously recovered as he reenlisted. The 21st Cavalry joined the Army of the Shenandoah, its casualties were at Lynchburg with the loss of 13; Buckton 18; Purcellville 21; Snicker's Gap 37; Ashby's Gap 28; Winchester 21; Cedarville 10; White Post, Va. 25. The unit lost a total of 145. The 100th New York Infantry was engaged during the Peninsula Campaign with 176 men killed, wounded or missing at Fair Oaks, sent on to South Carolina, engaged in the assault on Fort Wagner with 49 killed, 97 wounded and 29 missing, with most other operations around Charleston Harbor. It sailed up the James with Gen. Butler and was engaged around Petersburg and Richmond.


Provenance:  
Descended directly through the family of John W. and Gordon Meldrum


Condition:  
Slight fading of manuscript ink, normal folds, else VG.
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