Made out for a private George W. Olin from New Haven, and signed by E.S. Hitchcock, his captain
Certificate For The “Townsend Rifles” 1861 – Co. G. 7th Regiment Conn Vols.
Small 7 x 9 inch printed certificate of enrollment into the “Townsend Rifles” from New Haven, Connecticut, dated September 17, 1861. George W. Olin, a private, became a member into this company which was designated Company G, 7th Regt. Conn, Vols.
Signed by Edwin S. Hitchcock, captain, and attested to by James M. Townsend.
The 7th Conn. Vols. saw three hard years assigned to the Dept. of the South, Army of the James, and the Dept. of North Carolina. Olin mustered out in September of 1864.
Capt Edwin Hitchcock served early in the war with the 2nd Conn. Infantry for three months before taking command of Co. G., 7th Conn. He was killed at James Island, SC in June of 1862. A brief account of his death is taken from the unit history, “I find it impossible to select individuals for praise. Captain Edwin S. Hitchcock, of Company G, among the foremost, and enthusiastically cheering on his men, was severely wounded in the thigh. He continued to call out cheerfully and to fire rifles handed him by his men until he received a rifle ball straight from the front through his upper lip.”
I did not find James Townsend in the Civil War database.
Very good condition with some tape repairs to the reverse.
A scarce document issued at Camp English, New Haven, Ct.