Manchac Pass, north of Metairie, Louisiana was the scene of battle on June 17, 1862 when the 12th Maine Volunteers captured 2 Confederate Batteries. An original congratulatory order issued at HQ, Dept of the Gulf, July 24, 1862 publishing the War Department acknowledgment of the victory by Colonel Kimball and the men of the 12th Maine at Manchac Pass and awarding them the colors taken from the enemy, issued by Command of Major General Butler.1p printed 8 x 5 General Order. Edge cuts, age stains, pencil notations on margin, Overall VG. General & Special Orders were issued to communicate commands and information to the Army.
Each order, issued in writing by a command, was then printed for distribution to each unit, either at an army department headquarter or by commanders at local headquarters, sometimes in the field on portable printing presses. The orders were then issued to regiments, often to be read aloud to the troops. General Orders were printed as issued with date & location; at the end of a year the regimental adjutant might retain them loose or simply string bind them by punching holes and stringing on ¼" red cloth string tape (the source of the old expression "government red tape). Sometimes an officer or HQ clerk might take a group of orders to a local print shop or bookbinder and have an accumulation bound with leather or cloth covers. Usually, American Military Orders of the 19.Century including Civil War era were printed on an 8 x 5 sheet of quality rag paper. NOTE: Any repair to a paper item is listed. I use only museum curator approved archival repair tape. All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.