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As Assistant Adjutant General, he signs the war-dated Inspection List of a private in the 3rd Regiment of Maine Volunteers, preparing for discharge after three years in the Union Army.
Partly Printed Document signed: "Samuel Breck" as Assistant Adjutant General. 1 page, 8½x13, docketed on verso. War Department, Washington, D.C., 1964 June 7. In reply to the inquiry of Captain Thomas Marston, Breck supplied this Inspection List, documenting details of the military service of Private Winship W. Sparks. Company D, 3rd Maine Volunteer Regiment, place and date of enlistment (Augusta, Maine, June 3, 1861), and his presence on the regimental pay list. The document states that information on Sparks' clothing allotment must be obtained from the unit's muster rolls. SAMUEL BRECK (1834-1918), West Point Class of 1855, served in the Third Seminole War following his graduation. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was back at the Academy, teaching geography and history. After service with the Union Army in Virginia, he was named Assistant Adjutant General in September 1862, serving there throughout the Civil War and rising to the rank of Brigadier General. His duties, as evident from this report, were in record keeping, including preparation of the Volunteer Army Register. After serving adjutant functions in and out of Washington for many years, Breck was appointed Adjutant General of the Army in 1897. He retired in February 1898. He retired on February 23, 1898, one week after the sinking of the US Battleship Maine in Havana harbor, and 6 weeks before the US declared war on Spain. The 3rd Maine Volunteer Regiment served in the Army of the Potomac, fighting in most of the great battles of the Eastern theater: first and second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania. The town records of Bowdoinham, Maine indicate that Winship W. Sparks (1833-1897) served 3 years in the Union Army, so this Inspection List was completed in preparation for his discharge. Sparks returned to his home town, married after the war, and lived in Bowdoinham thereafter. Horizontal and vertical fold creases. Edges notched and slit at horizontal folds. Lightly toned and soiled at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: February 25, 1834 in Middleborough, Massachusetts
Died: February 23, 1918 in Brookline, Massachusetts

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