B, 21st Michigan V.I.
written by him to Brigadier General William
Denison Whipple, Assistant Adjutant General of the Army of the Cumberland
in September 1864 requesting leave from the 21st Michigan to visit his
ailing mother back in Michigan.
Order Number 8, releasing Sergeant Thornton from his enlistment to
enable him to accept an appointment as a Commissioned Officer in the Volunteer
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