Click images to enlarge
CAPTAIN JOHN JAMES McCALLUM - AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED 02/18/1864 CO-SIGNED BY: CIVIL WAR - UNION - HFSID 262949
CAPTAIN JOHN J. McCALLUM
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.
For more documents by these signers click the names below:
CAPTAIN JOHN JAMES McCALLUM CIVIL WAR - UNION
This website image contains our company watermark. The actual document does not contain this watermark.