The document measures approximately 5" x 5". Written a week after the end of Cold Harbor as the men of the 2nd Regiment of Connecticut's Heavy Artillery moving slowly toward Richmond. In Vaill's History of the Second Connecticut Volunteer Artillery, p. 75ff., Colonel Randl [sic] S. McKenzie yelled: "Tell Meramble to get his head down before it gets knocked off." As they moved toward Petersburg, McKenzie had two fingers shot off, returning to battle two weeks later with a rag around the stumps on his hand. Jubal Early's Cavalry had appeared with the fear that the Capitol itself was threatened but the Union forces quickly converged near Washington ending the threat. Vaill notes Col. Warren Alford appeared here with captured cattle and barrels of flour. It is in this context that this document takes place on July 24, 1864. col. McKenzie is able to sign the pass (it is not stated which hand had lost the fingers), it allows Lt. Charles A. Reynolds and Corporal Benjamin B. Thayer of Co. "E" to visit Washington but they must return by evening. Very few of these handwritten documents have survived so here is a rare original piece of Civil War history.
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