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    Civil War Autograph Book with Sixty Autographs including several officers in the Corps d'Afrique, the first black regiment in the U.S.A. This 5.5" x 7.5" book has its original buckram, gilt-stamped covers and belonged to Charles C. Hodsdon of Saco, Maine; his signature is on the first free endpaper along with his photo. Most of the autographs inside are dated from 1862 to 1865 and include: "F.S. Nickerson / Brig Gen. U.S. Vols..."; "Geo. L. Andrews / Brig. Gen Vols / Comdg. Corps d'Afrique / Nov. 27. 1863"; "Thos Sheffer/ Chief Engineer / U.S.S. Genl Price"; "Frederick H. Man / Capt. 84th U.S Infantry & A.A. Inspector General Defences N.C. / February 19 1865"; "JereFenno, Paymaster. U.S. Vols..."; "Cyrus Hamlin / Col 8 Regt Corps d'Afrique"; "Walter Failing / Actg Surgn 8th Regt / Corps d'Afrique..."; and "Edwin S. Wheeler / Chaplain 8th Reg Corps d'Afrique / Port Hudson [Louisiana]..." Lincoln's first vice president. "H. Hamlin" signed later in 1879.

    The Corps d'Afrique was formed in response to XIX Corps General Orders No. 40 which "...propose[d] the organization of corps d'armee of colored troops, to be designated as the 'Corps d'Afrique.' It will consist ultimately of eighteen regiments..." Officers were largely white and they wore regulation uniforms. Most of the soldiers came from the Louisiana Native Guard, a group of free blacks formed to defend New Orleans for the South. Once the North captured New Orleans, they changed allegiance and many of them, along with a number of former slaves, joined this Corps. An excellent item, worthy of further research.


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