2nd Pennsylvania Provisional Cavalry Civil War Discharge

This discharge given to William Billings, was for service with the 2nd Pa Cav., but he had prior service with the 74th New York Vol. Infantry, 1861 – 1864. Also signed by Capt. Isaac F. Moffatt, later an officer in the 9th U.S. Cavalry.


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2nd Pennsylvania Provisional Cavalry Civil War Discharge, for William Billings from Pittsburg, Pa, who enlisted in company “A” of the 74th New York Infantry at Pittsburg, as a musician, on June 24, 1861, and served 3 years to June 21, 1864, mustering out near Petersburg, Va.  He then enlisted in the 2nd Pa Cavalry until the end of the war.

The 74th saw a tremendous amount of action, especially at Gettysburg.  He is not listed in the CW data base, but I have a pension record with the discharge and records both units to his credit.  One document list him as being in CaCompany “C.”  The Pa. unit was formed just after the war and served until August of that year.

The document appears to be signed in place of the colonel, Hospital Steward William H. Smith. Also signed by Captain Isaac F. Moffatt, commanding Co. C. Moffatt had prior service in Rush’s Lancers (6th Pa Cavalry). and remained in the military taking a commission as a 1st Lieutenant (captain in 1869) in the 9th U.S. Cavalry in 1866, he died at Fort Quitman, Texas in 1870.  He needs further research, as this unit saw early action during the Indian War in the Southwest.

The discharge is hard to read, just poor ink, but is legible under desired conditions, typical wear.

Good-Very good condition.

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Weight .5 lbs