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“REGULATIONS FOR THE SUBSISTENCE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES” – dtd 1862 – A VERY SCARCE PRINTING WITH DETAILED RATION CONTRACT AND SUPPLY INFORMATION:  An excellent, complete original copy of a very scarce manual that was one of the most important  publications which affected the lives and effectiveness of the Civil War soldier, this 1862 Subsistence Department Manual provides detailed information from the early days of the war as to the feeding and supply of the soldiers in the field.   

With both covers and all 57 pages present and intact, this manual shows only minor aging with no dog-eared corners or ragged edges, and a fully intact binding along the spine.    

The text covers the regulations governing the process for contracting, purchase, transport, storage and issue of rations, including such detail as the quantity of issue, the types and quality of food stuffs, purchase of livestock and produce, record keeping and accountability.  This copy was evidently in the hands of a serving Subsistence Officer as it has a number of annotations written in ink throughout the text, indicating this manual was issued and was in use during the war.   

These early Civil War manuals have become quite scarce and are seldom encountered in this condition. This is a very nice edition to add to your Civil War or early Subsistence Department displays.  SOLD


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