William Milbourn Military Papers
Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives.Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931
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[Identification of item], William Milbourn Military Papers, 1863-1869, 93SC02,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.
This collection contains a military commission and discharge issued to William Milbourn during his Civil War service. Included is Milbourn's commission as hospital steward with the 19th Regiment of the Kentucky Infantry Volunteers of the U. S. Army. The commission was issued and signed August 1, 1863, at the unit's headquarters at Vicksburg, Mississippi, by commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel John Cowan. A note on the reverse states Milbourn died July 13, 1871.
The second document is Milbourn's discharge, dated January 26, 1865. Milbourn left the army at the expiration of his term of service, still at the rank of hospital steward. The discharge, issued at Louisville, described Milbourn as a native of Mercer County, then eighteen years of age with a fair complexion, grey eyes, and dark hair, and five foot nine inches in height. The document stated Milbourn was a farmer at the time of his enrollment in the army in 1861. The discharge was signed by Captain Charles H. Welcher (?), mustering officer of the 1st U. S. Infantry, and Colonel W. J. Landram of the 19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry.
The discharge's reverse bears a seemingly unrelated pencilled note. Dated "May 27/69," the note was written by U. S. Marshal James P. Roberts. It identified no addressee, reported that he was "Very busy today in court," and asked for a written response when the addressed was in receipt of this "Rep."
Creator's Occupation: Military hospital steward; farmer.
County: Mercer; Jefferson
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