Description[Civil War POW]. Union Captain Alfred N. Proctor's Copy of Revised Regulations for the Army of the United States, 1861. Capt. Proctor of the 42nd Massachusetts Volunteers, Company "G", was captured by Confederates at the Battle of Galveston on January 1, 1863. He and his fellow POWs, which included officers from the USS Harriet Lane, were moved from Houston to "Hemestead Barrucks" [Camp Groce, near Hempstead in Waller County] to Camp Ford. Proctor kept this copy of Regulations for the Army throughout his ordeal and has written a short profile on the front pastedown and endpapers outlining his time as POW in Texas' Confederate POW camps. On the front pastedown, Capt. Proctor has written in pencil, "The property of Capt. A. N. Proctor 42 Reg Mass Vol. Officers of the Harriet Lane with us. 19 in all each put in cells. Fed with Bread & water. 3 days afterward had Beans, Beef &c. kept 2 months in close confinement. thence to Hemstead in Barrucks. Very sickly there. Lost one out of every 4. thence to Tyler where all were kept in open Pen. no Building but all laid on the ground exposed to Rain & Sun Shine for 7 months. 5,000 men. nothing but meal & Beef. poor at that." (The USS Harriet Lane was captured at the Battle of Galveston.) Proctor has written his name and regiment again on the front endpaper. On the verso, the captain has written, "This Book was kept by Captain Proctor 19 Long months in Prison in Texas 1863 & 64. Company G 42 Regt. Mass Vol was captured at the Battle of Galveston January 1st 1863 the officers were kept in Houston 4 months. in cells State Prison Huntsville 2 months Hemestead Barrucks 5 months. Camp Ford Camp[?] 7 ½ months arrived at New Orleans July 23d at Boston Aug 9th with 9 officers. War ended May 1865 lasting 4 years & 2 months." Prior to the war, the thirty-seven-year-old Proctor was a Boston artist. He enlisted in April 1862 and mustered out in August 1864, the month he arrived back in Boston.
The Revised Regulations was published by Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1862. 8vo. 559pp. Minor notations exist on back endpapers and pastedown. As expected, this copy is well worn. Front board is slightly warped. Both covers exhibit dampstaining, as do a few pages. Staining and heavy soiling to the fore-edge. Some foxing and stains in text.
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