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    James W. Forsyth Partly Printed Military Pass Signed "James W. Forsyth" as aide de camp. One page, 4" x 2.5", "Headquarters Provost Marshal General," July 22, 1862. This official military pass was made out to Lt. Col. F.J. Parker of the 32nd Regiment, First Massachusetts Volunteers, giving him permission to travel from Harrison's Landing, Virginia, to Baltimore, Maryland, during the Peninsular Campaign. Forsyth served as aide de camp to General Joseph K. F. Mansfield until the latter's untimely death at the Battle of Antietam. Forsyth then became provost marshal to the Army of the Potomac at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Forsyth would later fight in the Indian Wars with the 1st Cavalry, and in 1886 he assumed command of the famed 7th Cavalry.

    Document appears to have been completed entirely in Forsyth's hand. On the verso, a blank printed form allows for a physical description of the bearer, including categories for "Age, Height, Complexion, Hair, Eyes, Build," and "Whiskers." In addition, the verso bears a printed oath swearing the bearer to give no aid, comfort, or information to the enemies of the United States Government. Lightly age toned and bearing minor creases, this rare document is in fine condition.

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