[1863 Morning Report for Felix Confort of Confort’s Independent Battalion of New York Volunteer Infantry while Stationed in Beaufort, South Carolina].
“Morning Report” for April 13, 1863 for the Independent Battalion of New York Volunteer Infantry, also known as German Legion or New York Corps of Light Infantry. The battalion first organized as the Enfants Perdu Regiment, but had to downgrade to battalion status. The outfit served extensively in South Carolina (first battle of Fort Wagner, Siege of Charleston Harbor, etc.) during the American Civil War.
The commander of the battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Felix Confort, was a professional French soldier who emigrated to the United States. In New York City, at the beginning of the American Civil War, Confort organized—possibly under the auspices of Major General George B. McClellan—a regiment of his friends and other French soldiers called the Enfants Perdu (Lost Children) Regiment.
In 1862, subsequent to some intrigue among his fellow officers and after accusations of payroll improprieties, Confort was imprisoned at Fort Monroe and, for at least some time, denied a court martial. A sympathizer to his plight even had a letter published in the New York Times.¹
Lt. Col. Confort returned to his duty, as seen here, but resigned his commission less than a month after signing this document, on May 9, 1863.
Description: [1863 Morning Report for Felix Confort of Confort’s Independent Battalion of New York Volunteer Infantry while Stationed in Beaufort, South Carolina].
“Morning Report.” April 13, 1863. p. Autograph Document Signed. 31 x 10½ inches. Large oblong partly-printed form with manuscript; partly printed docket completed in manuscript. Folded, as used. Fine condition.
Note. 1. New York Times, September 14, 1862, p2, cols. 5–6. See: Case of Col. Felix Confort, of the “Enfans Perdus” now imprisoned at Fortress Monroe. - The New York Times accessed online. Also see: Independent Corps Light Infantry during the Civil War - NY Military Museum and Veterans Research Center accessed online. IB100