The Company Clerk by Captain August V. Kautz, belonging to Captain James H. Levan of the 50th Pennsylvania Volunteers.
Octavo, 142pp. Publisher’s original brown cloth, title stamped in gilt on spine, covers stamped in blind with eagle and shield stamped in gilt on front cover. Publisher’s ads printed on endpapers. Flyleaves and rear free endpaper removed. Covers rubbed and soiled, faint sunning to spine. Corners, spine ends and fore edge lightly worn. Mild damp staining to lower half of covers and text pages. Short closed tear along bottom edge of pages 133/134. Contains various forms, 3 folded. Previous owner’s name written in ink on verso of front free endpaper: “James H. Levan / Captain Company I / 50th Penna. Vet. Vols.” (Ryan, Civil War Literature of Ohio 393) A nice example despite noted issues.
James H. Levan (1841-1911) was from Minersville, Pennsylvania. When the Civil War broke out in April 1861, Levan enlisted in the 5th Pennsylvania Volunteers for a period of three months. Returning home in July, he soon reenlisted as a private in September 1861 in Company C, 50th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Later promoted to sergeant, Levan was wounded in the shoulder at Petersburg, Virginia in June 1864. After a few months of recuperation, he returned to his regiment. He was promoted to captain in November and transferred to Company I, where he remained until he was mustered out in July 1865. Returning home after the war, Levan became a member of the Coal and Iron Police force and was elected Schuylkill County Recorder in 1887. He was an active member of the GAR and attended several national encampments. Capt. Levan died at his home in Minersville on November 25, 1911.