RECEIPT FOR RATIONS FOR 55TH VIRGINIA – SIGNED BY VMI GRAD & CAPTAIN LATER KILLED IN ACTION & BY COLONEL ALSO A VMI GRAD & KILLED AT CHANCELLORSVILLE

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Item Code: 998-341

Totally handwritten receipt for rations received by Company F, 55th Virginia on May 21, 1861 enroute to Fort Lowry, Virginia.

Document is blue lined paper meas. approx. 8.00 x 6.00 inches. Paper and ink are good. Text is completely legible.

The document states that 20 meals were supplied to 20 men of Captain T. M. Burke’s Company F because neither the government nor the Commissary Department furnished rations for the march.

Document is signed by Burke as captain commanding company, H. W. Daingerfield as adjutant and Robert N. Ward as major. Holding the document vertically it can be seen that it is signed “DUPLICATE APPROVED F. MALLORY COL. VA. VOLS. CMDG.”

Though the document is marked “DUPLICATE” all four of the signatures are in a different hand showing each man signed his own name.

Condition is excellent with only one central horizontal fold.

Francis Mallory was born May 25, 1833 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was an 1853 graduate of VMI and worked as assistant engineer on the Norfolk & Petersburg Railroad. In 1856 he joined the Regular Army and served on the west coast. At the start of the Civil War he resigned and was commissioned colonel of the 55th Virginia on September 21, 1861. He was killed in action at Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863 and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia.

Thomas Mundie Burke was born April 20, 1829 and was a graduate of the VMI Class of 1852. He was commissioned captain of Company F, 55th Virginia on May 21, 1861 and promoted to major on June 24, 1862. Two days after being promoted to major, Burke was wounded in the left arm at the battle of Mechanicsville but remained in the field with his regiment. He was killed in action on June 30, 1862 at Frayser’s Farm. His place of burial is not known.

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 again commissioned lieutenant in Company K, 55th Virginia on April 1, 1862 but resigned once more 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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