New York: 1861.
Excellent group of signatures with rank and command, on various sized paper (the largest measuring 2.5 x 5 inches), comprising the earliest known autographs of the founding three officers of Battery G, First New York Light Artillery, along with the last Captain to take command through attrition. Includes: J.D. Frank "Very respectfully - Your Obdt. Servt. - Captain, 1st N.Y. Artillery"; M.H. Rundell "Lieutenant - 1st N.Y. Artillery - Camp Barry - Dec. 5th 1861"; Nelson Ames "Lieutenant - Very Respectfully - Your Obdt. Servt. - 1st N.Y. Artillery" and S.A. McClellan "2nd Lieutenant - 1st N.Y. Artillery %u2013 Camp Barry - Washington, D.C., - December 7th 1861." Battery G was engaged with the enemy in every battle the Second Army Corps participated in during the war and never was driven by the enemy's fire from a position it was ordered to hold. They also hold the distinction of never falling back until ordered, and never losing a gun or carriage of any kind during its term of service. This is an almost impossible-to-assemble group of signatures that are all boldly signed and in very good(+) condition.
Battery G, First New York Light Artillery: Originating from New York, they distinguished themselves at Gettysburg whereby a monument was erected and dedicated in their honor on July 3, 1893. First recruited at Mexico, Oswego County, New York, in September, 1861. It joined the regiment at the general rendezvous at Elmira and was there mustered into United States service for three years, September 24, 1861, with the following officers: Captain J.D. Black, First Lieutenant Nelson Ames, Second Lieutenant Marshall H. Rundell. The battery remained at Elmira, engaged in drilling with the rest of the regiment, for a short time and then went by rail to Washington, D.C., arriving on October 31. On January 13, 1863, Captain J.D. Frank left the battery, on sick leave, and was shortly afterwards discharged on surgeons certificate. First Lieutenant Nelson Ames was promoted to Captain and took command. On October 15, 1864, Captain Nelson Ames was discharged, as his terms of service, three years, had expired. In his place First Lieutenant S.A. McClellan was promoted to Captain and took command of the battery and remained in command until the battery was mustered out.