Medal of Honor Recipient for gallantry against Mosby's guerrillas in 1863!
(1832-1901) Born in Lakeport, N.H., he enlisted on April 30, 1861, as a 1st lieutenant, and was commissioned into the 1st New Hampshire Infantry. He was mustered out of the regiment on August 9, 1861, and immediately re-enlisted, and was commissioned captain, U.S. Volunteers, Quartermaster's Department. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel, January 1, 1863; colonel, August 2, 1864; and brevet brigadier general, March 13, 1865. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry in action against Mosby's guerrillas on October 13-15, 1863, at Catlett & Fairfax, Va. The citation reads: "Being ordered to move his trains by a continuous day and night march and without the usual military escort, armed his teamsters and personally commanded them, successfully fighting against heavy odds and bringing his trains through without the loss of a wagon." After the Civil War, Batchelder remained in the Regular U.S. Army until retiring in 1896, with rank of Quartermaster General, U.S. Army. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Document Signed: 2 pages, 8 1/2 x 14, imprinted document, filled out in ink.
Contract for Coal- Fiscal Year 1891-1892. Articles of Agreement entered into at Omaha, Nebraska, this twenty fifth day of May, one thousand eight hundred and ninety one, between Lieutenant Colonel Wm. B. Hughes, Deputy Quartermaster General, United States Army, Chief Quartermaster Department of the Platte, of the first part, and J.S. Tebbets of Denver, County of Arapahoe, State of Colorado, of the second part.
The document gives details of the agreement which states that J.S. Tebbets will supply 1,400 tons of good merchantable bituminous coal, of the best quality, to be taken from mines at Rock Springs, Wyoming, and be delivered to the Post Quartermaster, at Fort Sidney, Nebraska. The contract is signed and witnessed by the parties at the bottom of page two including Wm. B. Hughes, as Lieut. Col. and Deputy Qr. Mr. General, U.S.A. There are dockets on the reverse one of which bears the approval and signature of R.N. Batchelder, as Quartermaster General, U.S. Army.
Stamped Union Pacific Railway Co. at the top of page one. Light age toning and wear. Very fine.
William B. Hughes, was an 1842 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. He served in the pre-war U.S. Army as a lieutenant, in the 4th and 9th U.S. Infantry Regiments respectively. He served as a quartermaster during the Civil War, and remained in the Regular U.S. Army afterwards, dying on active duty on September 22, 1896, having attained the rank of colonel.