Wm. Augustus Hill’s person copy of his treasurer’s report to the 19th Mass. Vols. Association concerning all matters relating to the monument to be placed on the Gettysburg Battlefield.
This document is a copy of the report made by the treasurer of the 19th Massachusetts Volunteer’s Association concerning the monument for the 19th Mass. being placed on the Gettysburg battlefield in 1884-85 period.
Treasurer at that time was William August Hill, who had first enlisted in the 8th Mass Vols in 1861 and served 3 months, having answered to President Lincoln’s call for 75,000 troops at the beginning of the war. Hill then mustered in with the 19th Mass. as a private in February of 1862. He served until his mustering out on July 29, 1864; having risen in the ranks from sergeant to captain. Hill became a member of G.A.R. Post 34, in Salem, Ma. He died in 1911.
I have transcribed the multi page copy of Hill’s report covering the cost needed, raising money (not including State appropriation), putting out invitations to local monument builders to submit plans and cost, size, etc.
The location of the monument, “will be erected on the position already marked by the Committee which visited there in October of 1883 the location……described being at what is known as the “Clump of trees” where Picket’s famous charge on the afternoon of the third day was met and repulsed. Much more.
I have included the receipt from Goodspeed’s Book Shop, Boston, probably sold in the late 1960’s 70’s. Goodspeed’s always maintained a great inventory of manuscripts and books largely purchased from many of the old Boston families, and other in the New England area.
Condition is fine, all done in pencil. Some of the paper is some small tears, mostly the last pages suffered the most as you can see in the image provided. Signed by Hill.
A great account pertaining to the historic monument of one of America’s most treasured historic sites.