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Civil War Captain Watson W. Bush Items

Civil War Captain Watson W. Bush ItemsCivil War Captain Watson W. Bush Items

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Lot #: 309
Civil War Captain Watson W. Bush Items
Union frock coat & pants. Period photograph of him in his uniform, 4 3/4" x 2 3/4". Remington & Sons Pistol, Ilion, NY, USA, New Model, Pat. Sept. 14, 1858; original holster, belt & eagle buckle. Spencer Repeating Rifle Co., Boston, MA, Carbine. Eagle, brass hilted sword; etched. Rifle, marked Potsdam, Co. B 20, #19580, 2B, 12, 1R. Cartridge belt & strap with eagle brass plate. Cartridge box & brass eagle buckle. Gloves, horse's bit & spurs. Leather & brass sword straps. Platoon map & books, Cavalry tactics Vol. 1-3; Manual of Arms for 10th NY Cavalry. Diaries, Bible. Revised Regulations & for the Army, 1861. Instructions to mustering officers. Field desk & contents: The Crutch, “Soldier’s Newspaper”, Annapolis, MD, Feb 35, 1865. Instructions to mustering officers book. Muster out roles of people in Co. B. General orders from War Dept. Rank sheets; monthly reports; transportation papers & charges. Insurance paper: Power of Attorney from the office of George E. Leman; Alger & Square. Hospital papers. Handwritten special orders. Declaration, Office of Provost Marshal regarding slaves. NY State form from the Commessary General’s Dept. 20+ discharges. 90+ volunteer enlistments. Blank forms: Abstract of Rations & Lodging; Abstract of Articles Expending, Lost, Destroyed in the public service; blank discharge papers, volunteer forms, furlough papers, merchant vouchers, inventory of the effects, quarterly report of ordnance, muster roll, special requisition forms, etec.
Auction Date
May 08, 2015


Watson W. Bush (1841-1927) of Rushford, NY, Allegany County, was a Civil war Captain of the Company B 2nd NY Mounted Rifles. He was a prisoner of war, who was captured September 30, 1864 in VA. He was held in the Rebel Military prison in Danville, VA. Paroled from Libby & exchanged March 10, 1865. From the Report of the Adjutant General of NY: Bush. Age 22. Enrolled Jan 12, 1864 at Buffalo. Re-mustered as first lieutenant, Co. B, to date Jan 7, 1864, to serve 3 years; Captain to date, April 17, 1865; mustered out with company, August 10, 1865, at Petersburg, VA; commissioned first lieutenant, March 29, 1864, with rank from January 7, 1864; captain, July 31, 1865, with rank from January 28, 1865, vice Runyan, promoted. Bush’s letters to his father are in the NY State Library. They comment on the campaigns at Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor & Petersburg. He discusses the impact of the war upon the morale of soldiers in his company as well as the combat action he has seen. Captain Bush was married to Weltha Jane Bush, also of Rushford, NY. He is buried in White Cemetery, Rushford, NY. Directly descended in the Bush Family

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