|The document to the right, while difficult to read, is Special Orders No. 46, dated on June 28th, 1864. It states "1. The following promotions having been made, are announced accordingly: 2nd Lieut. G.R. Smith to be 1st Lieut., Co. H, 18th Ga Reg. By Command of Brig. Gen'l. Wofford" signed by "J. T. Hackett"; there is some writing after the word "Reg." that is illegible except I can make out 1st Lieut. John ..... I will work to research that entry and try to update it here later.|
On 20 March 2003, I completed my research and as I expected, found that this Special Order announces not only the promotion of my Great Great Grandfather to 1st Lieutenant, it also announces the promotion of 1st Lieutenant John Grant to the rank of Captain. Captain Grant was a 2nd Lieutenant as early as June 13, 1861. He, like my Great Great Grandfather, was wounded at Cold Harbor, Va. on June 27, 1862; and was wounded at Sharpsburg, Md. September 17, 1862. He was elected as 1st Lieutenant on January 17, 1863; and promoted to Captain on March 25, 1864... the day after my Great Great Grandfather was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. All the records I have show the promotions to be effective on March 24th and March 25th of 1864; however, Special Orders No. 46 is dated June 28th, 1864 (three months after the fact).
Special Orders No. 46
Pay Voucher, $330.00
Pay Voucher, $330.00, Reverse Side|
|The documents above are the front and reverse side of a Form No. 3 Officer's Pay Account signed by 1st Lieutenant George R. Smith. This Pay Voucher is to cover two periods, the first was January 1st, 1864 to March 25th, 1864 (2 months, 25 days) for $225.00. The second period was March 25th, 1864 to May 1st, 1864 (1 month 5 days) for $105.00. Totaling $330.00. The voucher is signed in the lower right corner by "Geo. R. Smith 1st Lt. Co. H 18th Ga. Reg."|
The reverse side of the document is stamped with the "Voucher No. 21" "Paid the 2nd day of July 1864" (the non-bold areas are hand written, presumably by my Great Great Grandfather).
Pay Voucher, $450.00
Pay Voucher, $450.00, Reverse Side|