Wild, Edward autograph letter signed/35th Massachusetts Infantry
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Edward A. Wild (1825-91), Brig. General, USA (MA). Participated at 1st Bull Run, 1862 Peninsula campaign (WIA-Seven Pines), South Mountain (WIA and lost left arm), recruited Negro troops (Wild's African Brigade). Cold Harbor, Appomattox River picker duty.

Autograph Letter Signed (ALS), 2 pages, 4to., Head Quarters, 1st Division, 25th Army Corps, March 4, 1865 to Col. Sumner Carruth, 35th Massachusetts Infantry, 9th Army Corps. 

"...Yours of 26th concerning Ordnance, arrived after some circumgyration. I made returns for the 35th Mass. from 1862 Aug. 20th (date of my muster) till Sept. 14th (date of my wound). Since that date I have never seen the Regt. I got copies of my receipts from the State House, Boston, and I remembered that I was ordered at Arlington Hights to draw 140 rounds per man. As I found I receipted for 20,000 rounds in Boston, I felt sure that I drew 120,000 in Washington, which corresponded with my recollection. All other ordnance transaction I ignored, and went ahead from memory; As I did not make out these returns until July 1864, after my pay had been stopped. My return was satisfactory; but they would not give me a clearance, or quit-claim, until I had made a formal Oath and sent it up, together with a History of the Regiment which last I recd. from Maj. Hudson, then comdg, in October last. He has doubtless saved a copy of what he wrote me. And on that the Ordnance Department will take action in considering responsibility. You have probably experienced by this time the supernatural wisdom, precision, and profundity of the Ordnance Department. I did not get my clearance until December 1864. I had one return for 1st Quarter of 1863, for a single article, the stand of colors which I sent from Boston to the Regiment by Express. That is reckoned as ordnance in Boston; but in the Army it is Q.M. stores. Still I thought I would make out a return for it, & be on the safe side. But the Ordnance Dept. took no notice whatever of the return. So that is of  no moment. They will, I suppose make you accountable from Sept. 14 to 17th, when you were wounded. So I will tell you as nearly as possible what I had. My papers are all carefully filed away in a desk, in the top of a warehouse down in Norfolk Va., else I would send you copies. I received 960 Enfield guns, equipments complete, (each part specified) spare parts, & tools (number unknown). These I returned over 96 a piece to each of the original 10 captains, including Willard - making certified invoices, and stating what had become of each Captain. I think there were also 20 musicians swords & belts which I turned over 2 to each Captain. I also distributed to the Captains the 20.000 rounds, got in Boston; and which they are supposed to have expended in practice-firing; and on starting for the Antietam campaign Sept. 6th 1862. I distributed 60 rounds per man or 60.000 among the 10 Captains leaving for you 60.000. There were also 5 non.comm. swords & belts, for non.comm. staff and principal musician. These are supposed to remain on the Colonel's papers always; as there is no Commission Officer to be responsible for them. There was also the first stand of Regimental Colors; but you had better take no notice of that.

Thus there only remained for you individually, to inherit from me on the 14th of Sept. 1862, and account for the following:

5 non comm swords & belts & plates

60.000  elongated ball cartridge - cal. .577.

This is all from memory - but I am pretty sure that I am right. If I have omitted any point, please write again - if not, I shall be glad to hear from you. My love to all the veterans who remain with you.

Yours Very Truly Edwd. A Wild

Brig. Gen. Comdg. "

Very Fine. Good content letter. 

Wild was Colonel of the 35th Massachusetts Infantry when wounded at South Mountain in 1862, turning command over to Carruth.

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Wild, Edward autograph letter signed/35th Massachusetts Infantry

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