Rare Black History Related Civil War Era, Pension Envelope, Soldier Late Co.(mpany) E, 54th Massachusetts Volunteers, “WIDOWS PENSION and Discharge Papers, (Envelope Only), written to Ellen Jones for pension of James Jones (now deceased), Very Good.Civil War Era, 54th Massachusetts Pension Envelope for soldier James Jones. James Jones fought for the 54th and survived the war. He fought at Fort Wagner as well. This pension envelope is well used, chipped and torn at top from handling with some words affected, addressed to his wife who was either applying or having a specialized pension firm handling his pension and payments for his a widow. Original and very rare, printed in black on a tan heavy paper envelope measuring 9” tall x 4” wide.
The 54th was featured in the movie “Glory”. The envelope lists his regiment as '54 Mass Vols' on the front in handwriting. Listed for the Exhibition titled: Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial, According to The 54th Massachusetts Regiment, records:
Jones, James R.; Age at enlistment: 33; Enlistment date: 29 Mar 1863: Residence at enlistment: Albany, NY: Profession at enlistment: barber: Rank in: Private: Rank out: Sergeant: Company: E: Fate at Ft. Wagner: Survived: Mustered-out date: 20 Aug 1865
The 54th Massachusetts Regiment:
This roster includes names of more than 1,500 soldiers and officers who served with the 54th Massachusetts Regiment at some point between March 1863 and April 1865. The men’s age, enlistment and mustered out dates, place of origin, profession at enlistment, rank, and company are also provided if known.
Also listed, if known, is an individual’s fate at Fort Wagner. If it could be confirmed that a soldier was not present at Fort Wagner for any reason, he is listed here as “not present.” We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the names and personal data presented and have provided only information that could be confirmed in primary sources.