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1863 September 3: Frank Harding’s Discharge from the 4th Wisconsin

September 3, 2013

In order to become a captain in the Corps d’Afrique, Frank Harding needed to be discharged from Company G of the 4th Wisconsin Cavalry (formerly the 4th Wisconsin Infantry).  His discharge provides a considerable amount of personal information.

To all whom it may concern:

Know ye, That Frank D Harding a Private of Captain James Keefe’s Company, (“G,”) 4th Regiment of Wisconsin VOLUNTEERS who was enrolled on the Nineteenth day of April one thousand eight hundred and Sixty One to serve Three years or during the war, is hereby DISCHARGED from the service of the United States this Third day of September, 1863, at Baton Rouge La. by reason of Promotion (S.O. No 218 Dated Hd Qrs Dept of the Gulf Sept 2d 1863) [the portion in parentheses replaced the usual (No objection to his being re=enlisted is known to exist.*) on the printed form].

Said Frank D Harding was born in Brooklyn in the State of Connecticut, is 25 years of age, Five feet Six inches high, Light complexion, Gray eyes, Black hair, and by occupation, when enrolled, a Clerk.

Given at Baton Rouge La. this Third day of September 1863.

Finger002* This sentence will be erased should there be anything
} Jas. Keefe
                   in the conduct or physical condition of the soldier }   Captain
                   rendering him unfit for the Army }        Commanding the Reg’t.

On the verso, filled in eleven years later (1874), and sent to Washington, D.C. in 1889:

OATH OF IDENTITY.

F D Harding of the town of Hudson, County of St. Croix in the State of Wisconsin.

On this 27th day of July in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty seventy four personally appeared before me, the undersigned, a Justice of the Peace for the county and State above mention, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical F D Harding who was a Private in the company commanded by Captain James Keefe in the regiment 4th Wis commanded by Jas. Keefe Capt., that he enlisted on the 19th day of April for the term of Three Years and was discharged at Baton Rouge on the 3d day of Sept 1863 by reason of Promotion.

F D Harding

I certify that [it appears one name was erased and another put above it, but it is all very faint] before whom the above affidavit purports to have been made, is a Justice of the Peace duly authorized to administer oaths, and that the above is his signature.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my official seal, this 29th day of July in the year 1874 at Hudson in the State of Wisconsin

S. C. Simmde
Clerk of the Circuit Court
of St. Croix Co. Wis.

Discharge, September 3, 1863, from the Frank D. Harding Papers (River Falls Mss AB) in the University Archives & Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Discharge, September 3, 1863, from the Frank D. Harding Papers (River Falls Mss AB) in the University Archives & Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Verso of Frank Harding's Discharge, from the Frank D. Harding Papers (River Falls Mss AB) in the University Archives & Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Verso of Frank Harding’s Discharge, from the Frank D. Harding Papers (River Falls Mss AB) in the University Archives & Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

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