Will Fisher to Ajt. Gen. USA with response
Cambridge, New York
July 23, 1862
Ajt. Gen. USA

Dear Sir,

I write to you on business relative to a discharge which I lost. I was a member of the Black Horse Cavalry which was mustered out of service some time in April I think. I went to Maj. Sprague in Albany & he told me to write to you for a duplicate.
I will describe it to you & if you will send it, you will greatly oblige me. The discharge was like this: That William G. Fisher a bugler in Co. A 7th NYS Vols. Cav. under Capt. Solomon W. Russell, who enlisted the 30th day of September 1861 to serve for three years or during the war is hereby honorably discharged from the service of the United States by reason of order of Sec. of War.
Nothing is known to exist to prevent his being re-enlisted.
Said William G. Fisher was born in the town of Cambridge, Washington County, New York, is twenty-one years old, is 5 feet 7 inches high, blue eyes, light hair, and light complexion.
Direct as above mentioned & if you cannot send it, direct me what to do as I am about to volunteer & want proof of an honorable discharge. On it was a receipt in full from Paymaster Morrell.

Yours V T,
W. G. Fisher

Inscribed on the reverse side is the following:

Duplicate discharges are not allowed to be given
Respectfully returned,
Sam Breck
A. A. General
A. G. Office, July 26/62.

By the records on file in this office, it appears that William G. Fisher was a Bugler in Co. A, 7 NY Vols. Cavalry (Capt. S. W. Russell Jr.) on the 28 Feb. ’62 having enlisted on the 30 Sept 1861

A.G. Office
July 26/62


This is to certify that William G. Fisher who was enrolled on the 30 day of September one thousand eight hundred and sixty one to serve three years, was discharged on the 31 day of March 1862 with company, at Washington, Washington D.C. while holding the grade of Bugler in Co. A 7 Regiment of New York Cavalry Volunteers.
THIS CERTIFICATE is given upon evidence that the original discharge has been lost or destroyed, and in all cases upon the condition imposed by the Act of Congress approved March 3, 1873, that it “shall not be accepted as a voucher for the payment of any claim against the United States for pay, bounty, or other allowance, or as evidence in any other case.”

Given at the WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington D.C. this 9 day of November A.D. 1896.
F. C. Ainsworth
Colonel, U.S. Army,
Chief, Record & Pension Office