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The former officer of the "Goodhue Volunteers", 1st Minnesota Infantry, wounded at Fredericksburg and reassigned to a hospital unit of the Invalid Corps, certifies a private for pay.
Autograph Document signed: "Jno Jas. McCallum/Captain Co. H 11 Reg I. C.". 1 page, 8x7½. Carver US General Hospital/Washington, D.C., 1864 February 18. To Major E. Merrill, Paymaster, US Army, in full: "Henry I. Bradley, a Private in my Company, has signed the pay rolls for the months of Nov. & Dec. 1863. Amt. due him for roll $26.00". Company F of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment, known as the Goodhue Volunteers, mustered at Red Wing, Minnesota in April 1861. Captain Jonathan James McCallum (b. 1812) joined the Company on August 29, 1861, probably a replacement for a unit which suffered 20% casualties at First Bull Run (July 21, 1861). McCallum joined at an age (49) when he could have avoided military service entirely. The 1st Minnesota, known for its patriotic zeal and bravery in battle suffered 28% casualties at Antietam, and 82% at Gettysburg, where its and near-suicidal charge on the second day of the battle (July 2, 1863) gave General Winfield Hancock time to consolidate his position on Cemetery Ridge, vital to the Union triumph the following day. The 1st Minnesota was less heavily engaged at Fredericksburg (December 1862), but McCallum was wounded there, and transferred to the Invalid Corps. The Invalid Corps, later renamed the Veterans Corps, was composed of injured soldiers who were still fit for light duties. Many of its members were eligible for medical discharge, but preferred to remain in uniform, serving the Union cause as best they could. Apparently, McCallum's company was assigned to hospital duty, tending to the needs of other injured soldiers. Multiple mailing folds. Lightly toned and worn at corners. Otherwise, fine condition.

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