2ND LIEUTENANT’S COMMISSION – JOSEPH W. BREWSER, 11TH ILLINOIS INFANTRY

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Illinois commission certificate for Joseph W. Brewster, appointing him a second lieutenant in Company A, 11th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment.  Joseph originally enlisted as a private in the 11th IL Infantry in July 1861 and later served as quartermaster sergeant, a second lieutenant in Company A, and regimental quartermaster.  He served for the entire war, mustering out in Baton Rouge, LA in July 1865.  The 11th IL served in the west with distinction, their feats including combat at Shiloh, Vicksburg, Spanish Fort, Fort Blakely and Mobile.  The certificate has an embossed seal at bottom left and an engraving of an infantryman holding the national flag and a rifle at center; it is marked “Duplicate” in ink in the bottom left corner.  Signatures include Governor Richard Yates, Secretary of State O.M. Hatch and Adjutant General Allen Fuller.  All printing and ink are bold and legible, paper is in excellent condition.  Measures 13 ½” x 9 3/8”, on a 14” x 11” mount, which is actually a matte to be used for framing, thus there is a large open area center, visible at center in the photos where it shows as a darker color on the document; document is attached at left and right edges by wide pieces of tape.   [jc]

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