Signed by a Lieutenant killed in 1865
7 1/2 x 2 1/2, in ink.
Washington, N.C., July 14, 1864. Recd. of Ordnance Sergt. Stucklin four hundred (400) cartridges & four hundred (400) caps, Cal. 58. Wm. M. Corbet, 1st Lt., Comdg. Co. I, 50th N.C.I. Irregular bottom edge. Light age toning. Very fine.
William M. Corbet (also spelled Corbett) was a resident of Rutherford County, North Carolina, when he enlisted as a 1st lieutenant, on April 29, 1862, and was commissioned into Co. I, 50th North Carolina Infantry. He was shot and killed on January 20, 1865, at Salkehatchie River, South Carolina.
The 50th North Carolina Infantry, was organized in April 1862, at Camp Mangum, near Raleigh, N.C. Ordered to Virginia, they fought under General Daniel at Malvern Hill, then returned to North Carolina where they saw action at New Bern and Washington. Transferred to General J.G. Martin's Brigade, they then served for a time at Wilmington. Afterwards the regiment was split with part stationed at Plymouth and the rest at Washington, N.C. They moved to Georgia in November 1864, participating in the defense of Savannah, and then skirmished along the Salkehatchie River, in S.C. Returning to North Carolina in 1865, they were assigned to General Kirkland's Brigade, and saw action in the battles at Averasboro and Bentonville. The regiment mustered some 900 men for active duty at the end of 1864. When they surrendered with General Joseph E. Johnston's Army, on April 26, 1865, they had 250 men left in the regiment.