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Buckingham, William A. (William Alfred) (1804-1875) [Regulations for commissioning white officers for the Regiment of U.S. Colored Infantry]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08203 Author/Creator: Buckingham, William A. (William Alfred) (1804-1875) Place Written: Norwich, Connecticut Type: Document signed Date: 28 December 1863 Pagination: 1 p.

Summary of Content: States that men will not be commissioned as officers until they are approved by a Board of Examiners in Washington D.C., and appointed by the Secretary of War. Indicates that applications need to be submitted to the Colored Bureau, Washington D.C. and that men should obtain recommendations from their officers to help them secure a post. Note on back page says H. H. Clark, Forthingham, Conn. Written during Buckingham's term as Governor of Connecticut, 1858 to 1866.

People: Buckingham, William A. (William Alfred), 1804-1875

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryLetter of Introduction or RecommendationAfrican American HistoryAfrican American TroopsUnion ForcesLincoln's Cabinet

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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