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    [Civil War-POW]. Two Documents Relating to Union Prisoner of War, B. Franklin Shafer, 63rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. 1) Map of Andersonville, Georgia. 8" x 10", Andersonville, Georgia; July 1864. Map hand-drawn in pencil by Shafer while a prisoner there. The verso of the map has a hand-drawn sketch in pencil of an eagle, similar to that in the great seal of the U.S. 2) List of "Prisonors [sic] in the Rebel Prison at Florence S. C. 1864" compiled (in pencil) by Shafer. Four-page bifolium, 5" x 8", Florence, South Carolina; July 1864. Shafer must have been transferred between Andersonville Prison and the prison in Florence, South Carolina sometime in July 1864. It is not clear which document was created first.

    B. Franklin Shafer, from Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, mustered into Company A of the 63rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on August 1, 1861. He was promoted from corporal to sergeant on March 10, 1862. Shafer was taken prisoner on May 12 during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. He served time in Andersonville prison and in a Confederate prison in Florence, South Carolina. Shafer was discharged for disability on February 16, 1865.

    The 63rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment was organized at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in August 1861, mustering in for a three-year enlistment. The regiment engaged in a number of important battles, including Seven Pines, Seven Days Battles, Second Battle of Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, and the Siege of Petersburg. The 63rd Pennsylvania Infantry mustered out from July 31, 1864 to September 11, 1864. Veterans and recruits were transferred to the 105th Pennsylvania Infantry.

    Condition: Map has both horizontal and vertical folds, with weakness at the intersections and along two folds with small areas of loss; some slight soiling; fair condition. The list of prisoners has both horizontal and vertical folds, with weakness at the intersections and along two of the folds with small areas of loss; list is faded in parts and is soiled in parts; fair condition.


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