Regimental endorsement book, Volume 5, 1869
The endorsements are arranged chronologically. Rather than responding to a letter received by writing another letter, the adjutant or post commander often wrote a reply or statement on the incoming letter and returned it to the sender or forwarded it to the appropriate officer for action. The endorsements were normally copied into volumes along with a summary of the contents of the letter. Notations appearing in the left margins of pages indicate subjects of letters and names of correspondents.
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