Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Messing mss., 1864-1917, consist of letters, documents, and memorabilia relating to the military career of Captain Henry J. Messing, 1844- , to the 179th Regiment, Co. G, New York Volunteer Infantry with which he served, and to his participation in the encampments of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Henry J. Messing mustered into Co. A, 180th Regiment, New York State Volunteers as a first lieutenant in Elmira, New York, on March 25, 1864. The company arrived near Petersburg, Virginia, on July 29 and was attached to the 179th regiment as Company G. Messing was promoted to captain of Co. G, Mar. 22, 1865. The 1864-65 papers include company registers, pay slips, and quarter master charges for Messing and the men of Co. G. Also present are Muster-In and Muster-Out rolls for Messing which document his military career.

The post-war documents and letters relate to Messing's service record and to the 179th Regiment, including a brief history of Co. G prepared by Messing in 1897. Memorabilia reflecting Messing's involvement with the GAR encampments, including 12 badges, 2 officer's stripes, and an unidentified metal button, complete the collection.

Gift. 1994

Collection size: 85 items

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