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    [Civil War] 4th United States Cavalry Document Archive featuring the military papers of Captain Clarence Mauck, dated 1861 through 1865. Organized by year, the archive contains monthly statements, disbursements, lists of provisions, reviews, receipts (for lodging, office supplies, "forage for 12 public horses", "Lodging the 4th Cav. Band", cavalry accoutrements, etc.), affidavits, enlistments, audits, promotion documents, special orders, Internal Revenue documents, military letters, lists of returned funds "belonging to Deserters", several blank military forms, and more.

    One intriguing four-page personal letter, dated January 31, 1861, from Washington, is written by an unknown author to "My dear daughter"-possibly Helen, the future wife of Captain Mauck who married in the late 1860s. The author, likely a government official, wants his teenage daughter to come visit Washington, D.C., which was agitated on the expectation of Abraham Lincoln's inauguration in two months: "You speak of a visit to Washington, as though it would not be very prudent, or desirable at this particular time. Well, if things should quiet down and the apprehensions of the people become allayed, I shall certainly insist upon you Pa to bring you down." The author then reports on his recent visit to the White House: "I attended the President's Levee [reception] on Tuesday evening. It was a brilliant affair I assure you and enlivened with excellent music. . . . Among the company at the White-house, I observed Mr. & Mrs Gilmer. I think I will call on him in a few days." The levee was held at President James Buchanan's White House. "Mr. Gilmer" is likely a Congressman John A. Gilmer from North Carolina. In December 1860, Gilmer, a loyal Unionist, had been suggested to President-elect Lincoln to possibly fill a cabinet position, though he was never appointed.

    The historically significant 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment was established in 1855 in Missouri. Its first action was on a peacekeeping mission between the free-state and pro-slavery factions in Bleeding Kansas during the late 1850s. The regiment was Colonel Robert E. Lee's last Federal command before he resigned and accepted a position with the Confederacy. During the Civil War, the regiment fought in Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, and the Indian Territory. Following the war, it was sent to Texas with the task of protecting Anglo settlements against Indians in west-central Texas; it soon became one of the most active and effective units in Texas against Indians.

    Captain Clarence Mauck (1839-1881) served in the 4th Cavalry Regiment throughout the Civil War and was wounded in a battle near Atlanta, Georgia. While he recuperated from his wounds, he served for a short time as a recruiter until he rejoined the regiment in March 1865. After the war, Mauck was stationed in Austin, Texas. All documents in the archive are in generally fine condition, though a small number have rodent damage. Prospective buyers are advised to view all items in the lot carefully prior to bidding.

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    February, 2010
    11th-12th Thursday-Friday
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