HANDWRITTEN CONFEDERATE REQUISITION FOR BACON – 55TH VIRGINIA

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Blue lined paper meas. approx. 7.50 x 6.00 inches and completely written in ink.

Document is dated August 20, 1861 and states that Joshua D. Hamilton supplied 63 ½ pounds of bacon for the 55th Virginia. Paper is signed by William N. Ward as major and Evan Rice as captain of Company A.

Document is in excellent condition with one central horizontal fold line.

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.

Evan Rice was a 34 year old tax collector when he was commissioned Captain of Company A, 55th Virginia on May 21, 1861. He was promoted major on April 15, 1863 and lieutenant colonel on June 23, 1863. He was captured at Falling Waters at the end of the Gettysburg Campaign on July 14, 1863. He was confined at Morris Island, South Carolina. On August 8, 1864 he entered the hospital at Beaufort and was paroled on December 15, 1864. He was exchanged on February 15, 1865 and was in the hospital at the end of the war. Nothing else is known about him.  [ad]

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