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Thomas B. Mace's Civil War enlistment papers

My fourth cousin Jon recently moved to Rockingham, New Hampshire. He took a trip to the New Hampshire Archives to see if he could find any information on our common 3x great-uncle  Thomas B. Mace . He served in the 2nd New Hampshire Infantry in Company K, and was killed at Battle of Williamsburg on 5 May 1862 at the tender age of 19. Jon found Thomas's enlistment papers, and was kind enough to send them to me and give me permission to share them here. The papers provide some interesting pieces of information: The papers confirm that Thomas joined the army voluntarily, although he apparently needed the permission of his stepfather, Joseph Fellows; Fellows had been married to my 3x-great-grandmother Sophronia (nee Bly) for about two years. Joseph Fellows calls himself Thomas's “father-in-law", not “stepfather." Today, “father-in-law" strictly means father of one's spouse, but evidently it had a looser meaning back then, literally “one's l