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    [Confederate Deserter]. Letter Signed by Union Brigadier General John McArthur Concerning a Confederate Deserter, John A. Corgan, Complete With a Detailed Report of Corgan's Capture. John A. Corgan's amazing journey from Maine to Kansas to Louisiana and finally as a member of a Confederate guerilla group known as "Baxter's Guerilla gang", makes quite an interesting read. He was born in Maine, was a citizen of Kansas and owned a wood yard in Madison Parish, Louisiana just below Vicksburg, Mississippi. Apparently never a Confederate sympathizer, Corgan schemed to get back north. The two associated documents in this lot provide an interesting look at Corgan's journey.
    The documents include an unsigned report consisting of two integral pages, 7.75" x 12.5", and undated. The document indicates that Corgan never enlisted in the Confederate army and was subsequently confined by "the rebels at Memphis, Corinth and Tupello [sic] and made his escape about the 7th of June". He made his way to New Albany, Mississippi and met a pro-Union man who suggested the best way of escaping to the north was by joining a local group known as Baxter's guerillas. Corgan eventually escaped his fellow rebel guerillas and made his way to Union lines. Apparently he was able to relay valuable information on troop movements, etc. and even provided detailed descriptions of the guerilla Baxter and some of his men. The document is quite legible and displays only modest toning and the usual old fold creases.

    Additionally, the group contains a one page letter, 8" x 10", sent from the headquarters of the 6th Division, Army of the Tennessee, Camp No. 9, August 4, 1862, to Major General Edward Ord. The letter is signed "[John] McArthur / Brig Gen'l Comdg' 6th Div". The letter reads in full: "Sir, I enclose the statements of John A. Corgan, a deserter from Capt. Baxter's Guerrilla force as given by him when examined at these Hd Qr. last evening. By order of Maj. Gen'l Grant I have sent the prisoner to his Hd Qr. this morning." A fine, legible letter with only traces of old fold creases.

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