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    Great Civil War Archive of Lt. Ward B. Frothingham, 22d and 59th Mass. Vol. Inf. (See Auction 6015 John Henry Kurtz Collection Item #57941 for other items that belonged to Frothingham; this group, remarkably, is from a different consignor). Magnificently presented in a custom made 23" x 16½" album with gold embossed title on the front cover "Military Souvenirs 1861 - 1865". Over twenty items, each mounted on a separate cloth covered album page, including several important Civil War pieces. Frothingham enlisted as a Corporal in the 22d Mass. on October 2, 1861, and was wounded and captured at Gaine's mills June 27, 1862. He was discharged for disability as a result of the wound and debilitation caused by prison October 2, 1862. He then enlisted in the 59th Mass, as a 2d Lieut. April 23, 1864, was again wounded, at Pegram's Farm, September 30, 1864, and discharged June 24, 1865. Frothingham was clearly a rather flamboyant personality and a "fighter," who took great pride in his military service as is evidenced by both the material in the Kurtz sale and the material included in this archive.

    Included in the album are the following:
    (1) 10½" x 16" October 6, 1861, dated appointment as Corporal in the 22d Mass. signed by the regimental Colonel
    (2) 8½" x 11" discharge certificate from the 22d Mass. dated July 30, 1862.
    (3) 10" x 15" commission of Frothingham as 2d Lieut. in the 59th Mass. signed by Mass. Governor John Andrew and dated April 1, 1864.
    (4) 10" x 15" commission as 1st Lieut. in the 59th Mass. also signed by Andrew and dated August 10, 1864.
    (5) 6½" x 8¾" surgeon's certificate dated May 11, 1865 granting leave to Frothingham because he is suffering from "Dyspepsia as the result of confinement in Rebel Prison".
    (6) Beautiful 1871 dated calligraphy vellum document being a copy of Frothingham's medical leave order in 1864. Headed Headquarters Army of the Potomac October 6, 1864, Special Orders No. 270. Issued to Frothingham by the War Department, along with the letter of transmittal.
    (7) Carte de visite by Anderson & Co. Richmond, Va. 6¼" x 8" mount. The image is of Frederick Schaffer, the mount detailing his remarkable relationship with Frothingham. Schaffer was a baker in Richmond who was "Bread Commissary" for prisoners in Richmond during the war, and was, according to Frothingham, "A Union man at heart" and a Free Mason. The description details how Schaffer provided clandestine aid to Union prisoners, specifically to his brethren of the "Craft" (Free Masons). and that "his friends and brother Masons left a paper with him "To all good Masons...." that proved invaluable to him at the fall of Richmond April 2, 1865". Frothingham notes that Schaffer died on September 18, 1867. Attached to the back of the mount is one of the original period ink script notes passed by Schaffer to Frothingham while a prisoner, "Lieut. Frothingham will let the boy know know if their is any thing he wants. Fraternally, Fredk Schaffer." A remarkable Civil War document providing rare insight into bond between Free Masons on both sides during the war.
    (8) 15" x 19" eagle mast head Grand Army of th Republic certificate appointing Frothingham as "Asst. Adjutant General" of the GAR, dated August 20, 1880.
    (9) Important 7¾" x 10" manuscript letter headed "Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Department, Council Chamber" and dated April 16, 1861, from, and signed, by Gov. John Andrew, providing initial instructions for the movement of Massachusetts troops to Washington at the outbreak of the war, with corrections added by Andrew. "Shall the troops go as brigade with general (or not ?) Do you wish in addition (one) good company of skirmishers, (one) rifle company and one light artillery. who offer anxiously ?" Signed by Andrew and docketed at the bottom that it is to be sent to "Adjutant General L. Thomas" and "Assistant Adj. Gen. Genl McDowall (sic) of the U. S. A. Washington, D. C." Doubtless one of the earliest communications in existence for the movement of troops to Washington in response to the bombardment of Ft. Sumter.
    (10) 16" x 22" classic format watercolor service escutcheon for Frothingham listing service, ranks, battles, wounds, Corps insignia etc., with a 1½" x 2" oval photographic portrait of Frothingham in uniform with sword etc., inset at the bottom.
    (11) Elaborate eagle masthead certificate of appreciation issued by the State of Mass. for Civil War service dated April 19, 1870 and signed by both the Governor and the Adjutant General.
    (12) Striking 16" x 22" certificate of membership issued to Frothingham by the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. No. 6635, dated December 5, 1888, and signed by General/President Rutherford B. Hayes, as Commander in Chief.
    (13) Magnificent but uncaptioned circa 1880 12½" x 20½" albumen portrait on the original mount of fourteen Civil War veterans wearing sword belts, holding what were obviously their Civil War swords, and festooned with medals including GAR membership badges.
    (14) 13½" x 15" vellum, calligraphy membership certificate for Frothingham dated April 11, 1877, from Headquarters of John Andrews Post No. 15 GAR.
    (15) Circa 1880 6½" x 8½" albumen portrait of approximately seventy Civil War veterans with ink script ID on the original mount, "22d Mass. Vols, October 5, Woburn, Mass."
    (16) 8" x 9½" albumen portrait of approximately thirty Civil War veterans with ink script ID on the original mount, "D Company, 22d Mass. Vols., June 27, 1878, Boston Common."
    (17) 7" x 9½" albumen portrait of approximately forty Civil War veterans in front of the "Pacific House" hotel with ink script ID on the original mount, "59th Regt. Mass. Infantry Volunteers, Nantucket Beach, July 30, 1888."
    (18) Colorful program for the 25th Anniversary of the Loyal Legion in 1890.
    (19) 10" x 12" oval Civil War period engraving of General McClellan.
    (20) Great 6¾" x 9" Civil War period oval salt print portrait of Frothingham as a 2d Lieut. with foot officer's sword, sword belt etc. Very nice image.
    (21) 8" x 10" manuscript Special Orders No. 229, dated May 15th 1865, discharging Frothingham from the 59th Mass.

    All items in near perfect condition. A great Civil War archive with the most elaborate presentation we've ever seen.


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