SERVICE CERTIFICATE FOR 15TH MASSACHUSETTS SOLDIER KILLED AT ANTIETAM

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This post-war document was issued to the family of Private Jonathan Stowe (spelled STOW in the record) by the state of Massachusetts in 1870. The document is attractively decorated with a spread-winged eagle at top with a panoply of flags. The sides of the document are flanked by flag draped memorials to President Lincoln and wartime Governor John A. Andrew. Across the bottom are decorative scrolls with the seal of the state of Massachusetts at center flanked by a soldier and a sailor. The document is pre-printed in a nice script and filled in with ink calligraphy giving Stow’s name and regiment. The very bottom is signed by Adjutant General Cunningham and then Governor William Claflin.

The document meas. approx. 22.00 inches long x 16.75 inches high. The surface is discolored in a scalloped pattern around the text from having been framed for quite some time but it really does not hurt the piece much. All the ink and printing is as it should be, clear, legible and strong.

Jonathan Stow was born July 26, 1832 in Grafton, Massachusetts. He is listed as a 29 year old farmer when he enlisted as a Private in Company G, 15th Massachusetts on July 12, 1861 and was mustered in on the same day. He is listed as missing after the battle of Ball’s Bluff on October 12, 1861 but his findagrave.com entry says he was captured and later paroled. He was wounded at Antietam on September 17, 1862 where his regiment fought on the far right Union. He had to have his leg amputated and died on October 1, 1862.

With the item is a copy of a photo of Stow posted on a website as well as a short biography.

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