May 19, 1862 Letter from Gen. Joseph Pannill Taylor to Quartermaster Lt. Jefferson Justice of 100th PA disallowing a Sale of Pickles by Lt. Justice
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BROTHER DISALLOWS A SALE OF PICKLES BY A PENNSYLVANIA QUARTERMASTER
JOSEPH PANNILL TAYLOR. War-date Manuscript LS: "J P Taylor/C G Sub", 1p, 8x10. Office Commissary General of Subsistence, Washington City, 1862 May 19. To Lieutenant Jeff. Justice, 100th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, Beaufort, S.C. In full: "Your Provision Return for March (1862) has been examined in this Office and transferred to the Third Auditor. Abstract of Issues, to Volunteers, the issue of 15 galls 2 qts Pickles is disallowed. Thereafter Abstract of Sales to Officers must be countersigned by the Commanding Officer." JOSEPH PANNILL TAYLOR was a younger brother of President Zachary Taylor. Born on May 4, 1796, he joined the Army in the War of 1812, becoming a 1st Lieutenant in 1814 at the age of 18. Honorably discharged after the war ended, Taylor reenlisted in 1816 as 2nd Lieutenant Artillery. His father, Richard, complained to President Madison that his son was reinstated at a lower rank to no avail even though Richard's grandfather was James Taylor, Jr. who was President Madison's great-grandfather. Joseph later served in the Indian, Mexican and Civil Wars, rising to the rank of Brigadier General. He died in Louisville, Kentucky, on June 29, 1864. The recipient of this letter, Lieutenant JEFF JUSTICE served as Quartermaster. From a June 25, 1862, letter from Capt. D.M. Cubbison at James Island, S.C., to his father. In part: "But the bravest of the brave on the day of the battle, was Jeff Justice, our Quartermaster, now acting Brigade Quartermaster. He volunteered as an aid to General Stevens, and was an aid indeed, being everywhere in the field in the thickest of the fight. - You can hear every one speak of him, and to use General Stevens' words "My God, that's the bravest man I ever saw; we do not know his worth." His horse was completely done out and he has not used him since. Hurrah for Jeff." Two horizontal folds, one touching top of signature. Overall, in fine condition.
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