1861 RECEIPT FOR CORN DELIVERED TO THE “ESSEX LIGHT DRAGOONS” 55TH VIRGINIA INFANTRY

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Document is written entirely in period ink. Document reads:

THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA TO JAMES A. DUN

1861 JUNE 20 FOR 5 BUSHELS OF CORN DELIVERED ESSEX L. DRAGOONS AT 3.00

I CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE ACCOUNT IS CORRECT + JUST.

H. W. DAINGERFIELD LIEUT ADJUT

APPROVED                                                                                      QUARTERMSTER

WM. WARD

MAJ. COMDING.

All ink is clear and legible. Signatures of the adjutant and the colonel are in a different hand showing each signed individually. Document meas. approx. 7.50 x 3.50 inches.

Reverse is blank.

Henry W. Daingerfield was born in Essex County, Virginia in 1820. He was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in Company F, 55th Virginia Infantry on May 21, 1861. In June and July 1861 he was detailed as Quartermaster at Lowry’s Point, Virginia. He resigned on July 17, 1861.

Daingerfield was commissioned lieutenant in Company K, 55th Virginia on April 1, 1862 but resigned again due to ill health on September 2, 1862. After the war he served as a Circuit Court Judge for Essex County. He died February 3, 1895 and is buried in Saint John’s Episcopal Church Yard, Tappahannock, Virginia.

William Norvell Ward was born in Lynchburg, Virginia on April 19, 1805. He was commissioned major of the 55th Virginia on September 12, 1861 but was dropped from the rolls when the regiment was reorganized in May of 1862. Sadly he lost two sons fighting for the Confederacy.

After the war Ward did mission and school work in Georgia and South Carolina. He died on February 25, 1881 and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.  [ad]

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