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Perry Hagerman


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Enlistment papers of Perry Hagerman for three years’ service in the U.S. Colored Volunteers, 1864.

United States Colored Volunteer Enlistment

State of Kentucky Town of Bowling Green

I, Perry Hagerman, born in Warren Co. in the State of Kentucky, aged Twenty years, and by occupation a Farmer, Do Hereby Acknowledge to have volunteered this 19th day of June, 1864, to serve as a Soldier in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of THREE YEARS, unless sooner discharged by proper authority; Do also agree to accept such bounty, pay, rations, and clothing, as are, or may be, established by law for volunteers. And I, Perry Hagerman, do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the United States of America, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whomsoever; and that I will observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the Rules and Articles of War.

Sworn and subscribed to, at Bowling Green this 19th day of June, 1864, Before A.G. Hobson, Capt and Provost Marshal 3 District, Kentucky & Recruiting Officer.

Perry his X mark Hagerman

I certify, on honor, that I have carefully examined the above-named Volunteer, agreeably to the General Regulations of the Army, and that, in my opinion, he is free from all bodily defects and mental infirmity, which would in any way disqualify him from performing the duties of a soldier. J.R. Bailey, Examining Surgeon

I certify, on honor, that I have minutely inspected the Volunteer Perry Hagerman previously to his enlistment, and that he was entirely sober when enlisted; that, to the best of my judgment and belief, he is of lawful age; and that, in accepting him as duly qualified to perform the duties of an able-bodied soldier, I have strictly observed the Regulations which govern the recruiting service. This soldier has Black eyes, Black hair, Black complexion, is five feet, 10 inches high.

A.G. Hobson, Capt. and Provost Marshal, 3rd District & Recruiting Officer.


U.S. Civil War 1861-1865, African Americans, Blacks


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