INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING QUARTERLY RETURNS OF ORDNANCE AND ORDANCE STORES - ID’D TO MAJOR EDMUND C. GILBERT, 152ND NEW YORK INFANTRY [POW ESCAPEE]

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Published by Government Printing, Washington, DC., 1863. Owner signature, in ink (opposite Title page): “E. G. Gilbert / Capt. Co. G”.  140pp., forms. In brown buckram, 9” x 5.75, w/gilt spine lettering worn off.  Exhibits patches of small black splotches on cover. Else good plus, w/tight spine.

Born on 2/2/1837 at Gilbertsville, Otsego County, NY, Edmund C. Gilbert was commissioned as Captain into Co. “G”, 152 New York Infantry, 11/3/1862. He was captured on the Weldon, VA. RR, 6/22/1864, confined at Macon, Ga., Columbia, SC, and escaped in Charlotte, NC, 3/17/1865. He was promoted to Major and transferred to regimental field and staff, 6/7/1865, and then to Lt. Colonel 6/13/1865 (not mustered), and mustered out 7/17/1865.

Mustered in the autumn of 1862, the 152nd served in the Washington Defenses, thereafter participating   in the Suffolk, VA. Campaign and October 1863 Mine Run Campaign. Attached to the 2nd Corps in though Grant’s Overland Campaign it was engaged at The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, the Siege of Petersburg, and at the Weldon Railroad, where Capt. Gilbert was captured, later escaping from Confederate custody in Charlotte, NC. During service the unit lost 71 killed and mortally wounded and 91 to disease for a total of 162.

Gilbert was a painter by trade and also served at Postmaster of Gilbertsville, NY from 1867-1868.  He died on 8/24/97 in Chicago, ILL. He is buried there in Mount Greenwood Cemetery.

Solid ID’D collectible from a daring POW escapee of the 152nd Infantry Invites further research. In protective sleeve, accompanied by research material.  [jp/ld] [ph:L]

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