He was promoted to sergeant on Jan. 10, 1865 and was discharged on June 6, 1865. He survived the Civil War, but died during a gruesome farming accident. On July 6, 1901, While he was engaged in pitching hay onto a wagon, the pitchfork in the hands of the man on the load to whom he was pitching, accidentally lost his hold on the fork, falling struck the deceased.
The tine striking him right under the left eye and in tilting over driving the point up into the brain. The documents include: PROMOTION On January 10, 1865, Foster was promoted to sergeant in the 1st Michigan regiment of Engineer and Mechanics. It measures 15.5 by 10 inches and is folded in fours.
It is signed by commanding officer Caleb A. Ensign, 1st Lieutenant and Colonel John B. DISCHARGE On June 6, 1865, Foster was discharged of captain John W.Williamson's Company A, 1st Michigan Regiment of Engineers and Mechanics. It is signed by Williamson and a captain named O. The paper measures 10.75 by 8.5 inches and is folded in three. On the back, it says "Oath of Identity" but is not filled out.
30, 1867 DEATH A type-written letter was made by the Charles T. 42, Department of Michigan G.They list his name as Solomon Foster. He may have changed his name.
It is signed by three members of the post's committee. It describes where he was born, how he died, where he lived etc. Kind of cool to see a mini biography of a soldier's life.
It is dated 1901 and measures 10 by 8 inches and is folded in three. The item "Rare Civil War document lot (3), gruesome death, 1st Michigan regiment, soldier" is in sale since Sunday, October 29, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Documents". The seller is "lenny1577" and is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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