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Personal Papers of Milton Mills
Appointment To Hancock's First Corps
December 24, 1864
Web Author's Notes:

This is a letter from the War Department to Milton Mills, then resigned from the military, advising he has been appointed as a Captain in the U. S. Army's First Corps, apparently for recruiting purposes. Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock was a colorful and successful leader during the war, including heroic leadership at the Battle of Gettysburg, where he was wounded. He also participated in the battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House, among others. Apparently Hancock was in the process of re-forming his First Corps toward the end of the war, looking for seasoned war veterans. Milton Mills, having resigned from the 16th OVI in February, 1864, due to ill health, had been solicited or volunteered to assist Hancock. History tells us the re-organized First Corps was never completed due to war's end a few months later in April, 1865. It is not known if Mills actually reported for duty or if he became active in recruiting veteran soldiers for the First Corps.

This document was among the papers of Maj. Milton Mills and was handed down through his family.

Mills Appointment to Hancock's Corps
Maj. Gen Winfield Scott Hancock

Maj. Gen Winfield Scott Hancock

Maj. Milton Mills

Maj. Milton Mills

Edward D. Townsend, Adjutant General, U.S. Army

Adjutant General Edward D. Townsend

War Department,


Washington, Dec 24th, 1864

To Milton Mills




You are informed that your application for appointment in the First Corps, (HANCOCK'S,) has been approved for the grade of Captain, subject to such action by the Examining Board as may be in future deemed proper, and to confirmation by the Senate.

Should you accept this provisional appointment, you will signify the same to the Adjutant General, and immediately report by letter to MAJOR-GENERAL HANCOCK, at Washington, D. C., for instructions, to assist in raising men for the Corps. You will be entitled to pay from date of acceptance, until duly notified that your services are no longer required.

By order of the Secretary of War:

E D Townsend

Assistant Adjutant General

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