1864 PASS FOR 78TH PENNSYLVANIA SOLDIER TO RETURN TO HIS REGIMENT FROM JEFFERSON US GENERAL HOSPITAL

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Pre-printed form filled out in ink, measures 6 ¼” x 3 ¾”.  “Jefferson U.S. GENERAL HOSPITAL, ‘ / Jeffersonville Louisville, Ky [crossed out] July 7th 1864 / McBrier, Archabald Corp of Co. A / 78 Pa Regiment vols Inft is hereby / discharged from Jefferson General Hospital, and will report immediately to the Command-/ing Officer of Barracks No. one, Louisville, Ky., for transportation to his Regiment.” Signed by H. o. Mathewson , Asst Surgeon U.S. V. , ____ officer.

Archibald McBrier, born in 1839, was a resident of Indiana, PA when he enlisted on 10/21/61 as a private. On that date he mustered into Co. A, 78th PA Infantry. Promoted to Corporal 2/1/64, mustered out on 11/4/64.  No info given as to why he was in the hospital or for how long. McBrier died in Rouseville, Venango County, PA in 1906 and is buried in the Rynd Family Cemetery there.

Jefferson General Hospital was the third-largest hospital during the American Civil War, located at Port Fulton, Indiana (now part of Jeffersonville, Indiana) and was active between February 21, 1864 and December 1866. The land was owned by U.S. Senator from Indiana Jesse D. Bright. Bright was sympathetic to the Confederates, and was expelled from his position as Senator in 1862. Union authorities took the property without compensation, similar to what happened at Arlington National Cemetery.  [ld]

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