For member of the Corps d'Afrique Band
Signed by an officer who was wounded and captured at Gaines' Mill, Va. while a member of the 44th New York Infantry
8 1/4 x 10 3/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink, with large vignette of eagle, flags, shield and stars.
To all whom it may Concern:
Know ye, That Warren P. Barnes, a member of 2nd Brigade Band, Corps d'Afrique, assigned to 81st Regiment of U.S. Cold. Infantry Volunteers, who was enrolled on the twenty third day of November, one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, to serve Three years or during the war, is hereby Discharged from the service of the United States this eight day of August, 1865, at New Orleans, La., by reason of Special Order No. 14, Ext. 13, Hd. Qrs. Military Div. of the Gulf, New Orleans, La., August 2nd, 1865. Signed by Charles B. Gaskill, Lieut. Col. Comdg., 81st U.S. Col. Infty. & the Band temporarily attached. More content. The document has also been signed by John A.L. Morrell, Paymaster. It has been mounted to a thick card stock most likely when it was once framed. There is also a piece of paper remnant across the top edge of the discharge possibly from another document that was once attached to it, or from the previous framing. This does not affect any of the content. Overall in fine condition with light age toning and minor wear. The writing is very bold and legible. This is the first time I can recall having a document regarding a member of the Corps d'Afrique Band. Very scarce.
Charles B. Gaskill, who signed the document, enlisted as a private on August 19, 1861, and was mustered into the 44th New York Infantry. He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant, on December 23, 1861; and 1st lieutenant, on May 1, 1862. He was wounded and captured on June 27, 1862, in the battle of Gaines' Mill, Va., and discharged because of his wounds on December 18, 1862. After a period of convalescing, he re-enlisted, on March 27, 1863, and was commissioned captain, 78th U.S. Colored Infantry. He was discharged for promotion, on April 8, 1864, and was commissioned major, 81st U.S. Colored Infantry. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel, on October 5, 1864; colonel, on October 30, 1865; and he resigned on December 31, 1865. He was brevetted for gallantry in the battle of Fredericksburg, Va. He had subsequent service in the U.S. Army from July 28, 1866 until December 1, 1870.