[n.p.]: 1865. Folio, oblong broadsheet, 11" x 16". Preprinted form completed in manuscript, signed twice by Charles Beggs; signed and certified by L.T. Thurston, Paymaster. Old folds [a few folds had separated, restored with archival and pressure sensitive tape]. Good+.
Beggs claims service pay and reimbursement for rations for May and June, 1865, in the amount of $278.12. Of this total, he claims $15.00 in pay and $13.00 in clothing for his black servant, Tobe Swoops. Beggs also includes Tobe in his rations total of $152.50. Beggs certifies in manuscript "on honor that I am on leave of absence by authority of Special Order No. 39 dated Headquarters Department of Tennessee, Knoxville, Aug. 13th, 1865."
The 110th USCT was organized on June 25, 1864, from the 2nd Alabama Colored Infantry. It participated in garrison duty at Pulaski, Tennessee; Forrest's attack on Athens, Alabama, September 23-24, 1864; and the defenses of Nashville & Northwestern Railroad until June 1865.
Charles Chandler Beggs [1839-1873] enlisted with Company B, 21st Illinois Infantry on June 24, 1861, and was discharged in October of the same year for a disability. He reenlisted with the same Company on March 10, 1862, and participated in the Siege of Corinth and Sherman's "March to the Sea." He was transferred to the 110th U.S.C.T. on January 23, 1864, earning a promotion from 1st Sergeant to 2nd Lieutenant. After the War he settled in Wallowa County, Oregon, where he owned several hundred acres. He drowned on June 18, 1873, when he was pulled into the river's current while attempting to clear driftwood as keeper of Wallowa's toll gate and bridge. [Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon, 27 June 1873, Page 2; military records accessed at Fold3 on December 17, 2019.]
Tobe Swoops had probably been a slave of Jacob K. Swoope [a/k/a Swoops] of Lawrence County, Alabama. The 1860 Federal Census Slave Schedule listed him as owner of forty slaves. Military records show about twelve soldiers named Swoops who served in the colored units, several born in Alabama or recently from Lawrence County at the time of enlistment. [Military and census records located at websites of Fold3 and Ancestry, accessed December 17, 2019.]. Item #36435