1866 post Civil War Railway Order of Transportation, Fredericksburg VA

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Two privates from the 11th Infantry Regiment are being transferred by railway from Fredericksburg to Richmond VA on military service. They are in charge of government horses.


U.S. ORDER for TRANSPORTATION on the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Company.
Fredericksburg VA March 7th 1866
Transport Private W.E. Johnson & Jn E. Long Co. “C’ & “A” Regiment 11th US Infty from Fredericksburg Va to Richmond Va.
En route from Fredericksburg to Richmond Va.
Signature of Officer Issuing the order
___ Lt. Col
By order of the Quarter Master Genl.
Lewis B Parsons Col. & Chief of Rail and River Transport
I CERTIFY on honor that the RF & P RR co has furnished transportation for two men from Fredericksburg VA to Richmond VA in compliance with the above order
Wm  E. Johnson



Fredericksburg Va March 7th 1866
Special Order #45
Private William E. Johnson of  1s Co. “C” and Private John C. Long  Co “A” 1st Battalion 11th US Infantry  will proceed to Richmond VA in charge of Government Horses. The _ Dept. will furnish transportation
(signed) J.W. Ames _Lt Col  & Capt. 11th Inty __Post
A true copy ___Lt. Col USA __11th ___
I certify furnished transportation for two men… A. __ Conductor


Pinhole. Tear UL corner. Missing bit of paper LL corner. Folded horizontally, tear on left of fold. Paper toned along edges.

6 ¼” x 8 ¼”

Civil War

After the surrender, the 11th Infantry with other Regular troops, was sent to Richmond, Va., where it arrived May 3d. It did provost duty in Richmond until the civil government of the city was organized, and at Libby Prison until its use was discontinued. During the summer and fall of 1865 the twenty-four companies of the regiment were organized. In the summer of 1866, the regiment suffered a great mortality from cholera.

Lewis Baldwin Parsons Jr. (1818 - 1907) was one of the last officers who was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers during the American Civil War. He had been in charge of rail and river transportation in the Department of Mississippi and in 1864 was placed in charge of all river and rail transport for the Union Army. Before the war, he had graduated from Harvard Law School and practiced law in Alton, Illinois. In 1854, he moved to St. Louis, where he became president of the Ohio and Mississippi Railway.

The Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad was a railroad connecting Richmond, Virginia, to Washington, D.C.