INVOICE FOR SUPPLIES TO JOHNSON’S ISLAND SIGNED BY MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT

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Large invoice (11” x 17”) filled out in ink.  Invoice is for foodstuffs received at Sandusky, Ohio, for the Confederate prisoners at Johnson’s Island prisoner of war camp. Dated February 29, 1864. Items include large quantities of pork, flour, beans, peas, coffee, tea, sugar, vinegar, soap and more totaling $8958.08. Approved by Brig. Gen. Alexander Shaler with his large, flowing ink signature standing out on the page. An attractive document.

Alexander Shaler was born in 1827 in Connecticut. He enlisted on April 17, 1861 in New York City. He eventually became lieutenant colonel of the 65th New York Volunteer Infantry. The regiment served in the Peninsula campaign, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Salem Church, and Gettysburg. Shaler assumed command of the brigade in March 1863, and was appointed to the rank of brigadier general on May 26, 1863. Shaler commanded the prisoner of war camp at Johnson's Island on the shores of Lake Erie in the winter of 1863-1864, with his regiment serving as prison guards. He was back with his brigade in 1864 in time to participate in the Overland Campaign. In the Battle of the Wilderness on May 6, 1864 Shaler and Brigadier General Truman Seymour were among the Union soldiers captured. He was sent to Libby Prison, in Richmond, Virginia and then to Macon, Georgia. In the summer of 1864 he was placed under the fire of Union batteries bombarding Charleston, South Carolina. He was eventually exchanged. Mustered out of service on August 1865. In 1893, he received the Medal of Honor for actions at Second Fredericksburg.  He died in 1911.  [jet]

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