Mark Prime Papers (MS 6)

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Abstract: This collection contains correspondence between Mark Prime and various other military personnel, various different forms that relate to expenses of the army, bills, and receipts. Captain Mark Prime (born 27 August 1813) was an Assistant Quarter Master for the United States Army stationed in New Orleans, LA. He was honorably discharged from the Army in July 1863. His civilian trade was as a machinist; he worked at Perkins & Emery at 15 Gooch Street, Biddeford. He resided with his wife Mary and children at 22 Storer Street, Saco until his death on 15 March 1876. He was interred at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco.

Scope & Contents: This collections contains letters sent to and from Mark Prime concerning matters such as report rolls, personal belongings, discrepancies in his reports, and concerns about how he ran his office. The Report Rolls in this collection include Stores Received From, which are personal accounts of individual soldiers belongings under his care; Pay of Hired Men which is how much each person employed (both soldiers and contractors) under him need to be paid; Purchase Vouchers which are from varying companies for various different things, such as kettles and anchors; Pay Vouchers which are individualized pay stubs for each person employed.

Bills vary from formal forms all with the same heading: Purchased From, and the the name of the person the goods were bought from, while others are just pieces of paper with a name, an amount, and the goods bought. Receipts are from which bills Cpt. Prime already paid. Requisitions are anything any person, steamboat, or department in the Army needed, such as anchors, kettles, nails, wood, and coffins.


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