5th Infantry Regiment Discharge, 1883 – SOLD

Signed by the Colonel Hatch of the 2nd US Cavalry, and Lt. Borden, 5th Infantry, both generals.


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This army discharge dated Many 28, 1883, was given to Private Gustave A. Ferber, who had enlisted in 1878 into Company I, 5th U.S. Infantry.  He originally was employed as a wagon maker in Cincinnati.  After his five year hitch, he left the army at Fort Custer, Montana Territory.

The 5th Infantry was actively campaigning against several of the Northern Plains tribes, in the Dakotas, and Montana.

This document is signed by the post commander, John Porter Hatch, Colonel of the 2nd US Cavalry, and attesting to his character is his company commander, Lt. George Pennington Borden.

John Porter Hatch was a  USMA graduate (1840) and had a long, successful career in the cavalry in the Mexican War on through to the Indian Wars.  He received the Medal of Honor for leading his Division as a Brevet Brigadier General against severe fire from Confederate forces at South Mountain, Md in 1862.

George P. Borden was a veteran of the Civil War, first serving as a private in the 121st New York Vols., and in 1863 entered West Point (one year).  He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in 1866 into the 5th Infantry, raising through the years to Brigadier General at retirement in 1907.

Gustave Ferber signs the discharge to the right on the vertical.

I have not had this out of the frame, and the reverse side may contain more information on military combat actions and marksmanship.

The overall size of the frame is 11×13 inches.

USPS Priority  $10.00

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Weight 2 lbs