1865 Appointment of sergeant, 77th Illinois Infantry
(1836-91) Born in Danville, Pa., he was a grain merchant by occupation. He enlisted on June 20, 1861, as a colonel, and was commissioned into the 8th Missouri Infantry. He was discharged on September 12, 1862, and commissioned colonel of the 77th Illinois Infantry. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 26, 1865, for meritorious service in the campaign against Mobile, Alabama.
1865 Document Signed: 14 1/2 x 10, imprinted form, filled out in ink. Vignette at top center of a spread winged eagle and American shield.
The Commanding Officer Of The Seventy Seventh Regiment Of Ills. Vol. Inft., To all who shall see these presents, greeting:
Know Ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity and abilities of Henry S. Morris, I do hereby appoint him Fourth Sergeant in Company K, of the 77th Regiment of Illinois Vol. Inft. in the service of the United State, to rank as such from the Seventh day of July, one thousand eight hundred and sixty five. He is therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of Fourth Sergeant by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging, And I do strictly charge and require all Non Commissioned Officers and Soldiers under his command to be odedient to his orders as Fourth Sergeant, And he is to observe and follow such orders and directions from time to time, as he shall receive from me, or the future Commanding Officer of the Regiment, or other Superior Officers and Non Commissioned Officers set over him according to the rules and discipline of War. This Warrant to continue in force during the pleasure of the Commanding Officer of the Regiment for the time being.
Given under my hand at the Head Quarters of the Regiment at Springfield, Ills., this twenty seventh day of July in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty five. By the Commanding Officer, D.P. Grier, Bvt. Brig. Gen., Commanding the Regiment. Also signed by the Adjutant of the Regiment.
Light age toning and wear. Very fine.
The 77th Illinois Infantry saw action at Chickasaw Bluffs, Arkansas Post, Champion's Hill, Black River Bridge, Vicksburg, Jackson, Mansfield, Sabine Cross Roads, Forts Gaines & Morgan, Spanish Fort, Fort Blakeley and Mobile.