1891 Dated Regular Army Discharge of a Black Soldier, 25th Infantry – SOLD

Discharge document in the last years of the Indian Wars.


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This printed form document on vellum was given to Private William Meade, Company “F,” 25th U.S. Infantry, in November 28th, 1891, of was discharge from service after completing his hitch of 5 years. The discharge was endorsed by his commanding officer, Colonel George L. Andrews. Attesting to his character is his company captain, Henry P. Ritzius. Both of these officers had distinguished careers during the Civil War, each receiving brevet promotions for gallant and meritorious service in various campaigns of the war.


The black soldier, William Meade enlisted in 1886 for five years in the infantry and was discharged from Fort Missoula, Montana. Meade was born in Tappahannock Co, Virginia and was 28 at the time of enlistment. The 25th Infantry was one of two Black regiment of Infantry (the other being the 24th) established in the army reorganization of 1866. The only two regiments where that of the 9th and 10th Cavalry.


The reverse has more particulars, including remarks on his marksmanship, an again signed by Captain Ritzius. The condition is excellent condition and very legible.


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