Civil War New York Sharpshooter Passes

Eleven slips of paper, five are 4 x 5 in. and manuscript, six are 5 x 6 in. partially printed forms. These are folded into triangles with a remaining "tab" that could then be sealed. A few have remains of sealing wax still adhering, and a couple are torn at the wax. All are for Captain Arnold of the 7th U.S. Sharpshooters dating from Oct. 29, 1862 to March 12, 1863. These give official countersigns and picket challenges and replies for the 24-hour period specified. Thus, for Oct. 29, the countersign from retreat Wednesday until retreat Thursday was "Corinth," the parole signal "Buell," and the day challenge was "21," the reply, "12," and the night challenge "Red White," and the reply, "White Red." As Captain of the Sharpshooters, Arnold would have "need to know" the passwords of the day when he was on duty, since he would have been expected to check his guards while they were on duty. Countersigns were typically battles, parole signs were typically generals, day signals, numbers and night signals, colors.

Condition:All lightly toned, a few water spots and ink smudges - as expected for this type of ephemera.

Estimate: $300 - $500
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