1865 July 16: 12th Wisconsin Infantry Gets Mustered Out
Edwin and Homer Levings finally get discharged, along with the rest of the 12th Wisconsin Infantry, between at least July 16 and July 20, 1865, in Louisville, Kentucky. They then return to Madison, Wisconsin, to be paid, which apparently happened on August 10, 1865. The original document is in the Edwin D. Levings Papers (River Falls Mss BO), in the University Archives and Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
To all whom it may Concern:
Know ye, That Edwin D Levings a Private of Captain Charles Reynolds Company, (“A”), 12th Regiment of Wisconsin Veteran VOLUNTEERS, who was enrolled on the Fifth day of January one thousand eight hundred and sixty four to serve Three years or during the war, is hereby Discharged from the service of the United States this Sixteenth day of July, 1865, at Louisville Kentucky by reason of Instructions War Dept. A.G.O. July 1st 1865
(No objection to his being enlisted is known to exist.*)
Said Edwin D Levings was born in __________in the State of New York, is Twenty three years of age, Five feet Four inches high, Fair complexion, Blue eyes, Brown hair, and by occupation, when enrolled, a Painter
Given at Louisville Ky this Sixteenth day of July 1865.
[In red ink written across the document:]
Paid in full to Aug 10/65
[Maj?] Harris, Pay.²
1. Augustus P. Noyes, 1st lieutenant of Company B, 16th Wisconsin Infantry.
2. Joseph Harris is listed as an “Additional Paymaster, U. S. Volunteers.” He served from February 23, 1864, to December 1, 1865. Including Harris, there were 24 Wisconsin men commissioned by the President as Additional Paymasters in the U. S. Volunteer Service.