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    Captain Orlando H. Ross Archive. A small archive of photographs, documents and cards belonging to Orlando H. Ross. Captain Ross enlisted as a private in the 21st Illinois Volunteer Regiment on June 27, 1861, but was never mustered into the regiment, being appointed special messenger at the headquarters of his cousin, Ulysses S. Grant. In September 1861, he was made a mail agent in the Post Office Department between Cairo, Illinois, and Paducah, Kentucky, and later was in charge of military mail for the Army of the Tennessee, at times running past enemy fortifications in an effort to make deliveries. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 20th Illinois Infantry in October 1862, and less than four months later he received a promotion to captain, serving as aide-de-camp on the staff of General Grant. He resigned his commission on September 7, 1864, and promptly left the army. After the war, Ross became a route agent of the Post Office Department on the railway between Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was also an active member of G.A.R. and Republican politics, including the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, and the Freemasons. Ross died in 1892 and is buried with his wife, Missouri Belle Ross, in Arlington National Cemetery. Highlights from this archive include:

    Three Post-War Tintype Portraits of Orlando Ross. Various sizes, of Ross in civilian dress.

    Carte de visite of Missouri Ross Signed by Orlando Ross. 2.5" x 4", a standing portrait of Ross's wife, signed on verso, "This is my Darling wife Mrs Belle M Ross of Amelia Ohio. O.H. Ross."

    Special Orders No. 185. One page, 7.5" x 12.25", Corinth, MO; September 5, 1862. Special orders from the Headquarters Division of West Tennessee declaring, "O.H. Ross, Special Military Mail Agent, will hereafter have entire charge, control and direction of all mails passing over the United States Military Railroad, from Corinth to Columbus, and he alone is responsible for their proper transmission."

    Frederick Grant Autograph Letter Signed "Frederick D. Grant." Five pages, 5" x 8", New York; October 29, 1894. A letter from Ulysses S. Grant's son, addressed to Mrs. Ross, answering her questions about her husband's service during 1861 and 1862. It is likely that she was looking for information to secure Ross' pension. It reads, in part: "Mr Ross accompanied the 21st Regiment across the state of Illinois and was with the Regiment when it entered the state of Missouri. I left my father at this point and returned to Galena and did not rejoin him until after the Belmouth, late in the fall of 1861, at Cairo, Ills. There I found your husband in charge of the mails on one of the boats which ran between Cairo, Ills. And Paducah, Ky." Frederick stayed with his father until 1861, and states that "During this time Mr Ross was continually on duty with the mail boats." When he returned in the fall of 1862, "Mr Ross was then a captain and wore the uniform of his rank."

    Also included are Ross' business card, admission tickets for various anniversary events, General Orders from the Grand Army of the Republic, and other carte de visites of various people, which have been signed.

    Condition: Letters and documents are toned throughout, with some flattened folds. Some minor spots of soiling in some areas. Photographs are good, with minor spots and wear. Overall very good condition.

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