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Civil War Furlough Endorsed by Brig. Gen. Wesley Merritt

1p, 8 x 10 in., partially printed form for furlough. Myron Sloat was a 44-year-old from Rushville, New York who enlisted as a private in the 8th New York Volunteer Cavalry in October 1861. Recruited in the western part of the state, and known as the "Rochester Regiment," they were mustered into U.S. service in November. Although their original term of service was for three years, many of the original members re-enlisted in 1863 and were given one month furloughs. This form indicates that Myron Sloat re-enlisted on 1 December 1863 for three more years and was to receive a furlough from 14 Feb. to 20 March 1864.

Verso is nearly covered with docketing from various offices, with W. Merritt appearing in the upper right. Wesley Merritt graduated from USMA the year before war broke out and was assigned to the 2nd dragoons, then in Kansas and Utah. He remained in Utah as AG for the first months of the war, then brought back east. He was adjutant in the defenses of Washington before becoming ADC to Gen. John Cook, then Gen. Stoneman. He received his brigadier general's commission June 29, just prior to Gettysburg. After the war he was assigned to the West until about 1882. He then spent 5 years as superintendent of the USMA before being sent back to Missouri and Dakota. He came back to the Department of the East just before the Spanish-American War, where he saw his final service and was a delegate to the peace commission. He was retired by operation of law in June 1900.

Condition:Intended folds, and surface soiling from being passed through all those offices! Just a few spots of foxing.

Estimate: $300 - $500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$294
06/11/2010

 

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