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Manuscript Group 141
JOHN D. BLACK PAPERS
1815-1923 (bulk 1861-1923)
.75 cu. ft.


Papers of John D. Black (d. 1923), a member of the Erie Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 1861, and of the 145th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1862-65; assistant superintendent of elections, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands in North Carolina, 1868; captain, Company F, Second Regiment, Dakota National Guards, beginning in 1886; and chief commissary of subsistence, U. S. Volunteers, with the rank of major, 1898-99. A resident of Erie County, Pennsylvania at the time of the Civil War, Black lived in Valley City, North Dakota, after 1880. Served under Brevet Major General (later Lieutenant General) Nelson A. Miles during and after the Civil War and during the Spanish-American War.

Included in the papers are correspondence from Nelson A. Miles, Edwin M. Stanton, etc.; records of commissions, appointments, and discharges; general and special military orders; returns of ordnance and ordnance stores; requisitions; disability and pension papers; recommendations; deeds (dated 1815 and 1843); newspaper clippings and other printed items; and several photographs. Papers relate principally to Black's military career; his association with Nelson A. Miles; and several controversies around the turn of the century involving Miles and, in one case, also involving Black as chief commissary of subsistence.




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