For a private who would die as a prisoner of war in the notorious Andersonville Prison!
8 x 10, imprinted form, filled out in ink.
The United States,
To Michael Brannigan, discharged from E Company, 17th Regiment of Mass. Vols.
For pay from 21st of August, 1861, to 25th of September, 1861, being 1 month, 5 days, at 13 dollars per month. $15.16.
For pay for traveling from Baltimore, Md., the place of my discharge, to Lynnfield, Mass., the place of my residence, 420 miles, at twenty miles per day, equal to Twenty one days, at 13 dollars per month. $9.10.
For subsistence for traveling as above 21 days, at 50 cents per ration or day. $10.50.
Deduct for clothing withdrawn, Deduct for Sutler's a/c. 25 cents. Balance due $34.51.
Received of Major Nathan S. Brinton, Paymaster U.S. Army, this 27th day of September, 1861, Thirty four dollars and Fifty one cents, in full of the above account.
Michael Brannigan (signed with his X mark)
Witness, A.F. Small
Michael Brannigan, was an 18 year old laborer, from East Woburn, Mass., when he enlisted as a private, on July 10, 1861, and was mustered into Co. E, 17th Massachusetts Infantry. He re-enlisted on December 12, 1863, and was captured on February 1, 1864, at Batchelder's Creek, North Carolina, and confined at Andersonville Prison, where he died on July 19, 1864. He is buried at Andersonville National Cemetery, Grave #3587.