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Field desk constructed of wood, with dovetail joints; small metal reinforcement straps on three corners, two larger straps in the middle back to side; (hammer) stamped on three sides with: "18th R W V."; two large top drawers, two smaller drawers; drawers have remnants of faded red cloth pulls; one is complete; numerous slots, shelves, and cubby holes of various dimensions for documents; typed small labels on large drawers, shelves and cubby holes: Letter Paper, Foolscap Paper, Private, 1.FU_, Miscellaneous, QUARTERMASTER'S STORES, _TATIONERY, E, ABSTRACTS.,(written in pencil by hand),"Wastepaper"; the largest cubby hole has a large sealing wax spill; a lesser amount of the same material is in the shelf below; three left lower cubby holes have evidence of gnawing by rodents; the top small drawer has a red ink(?) stain in the back left corner; there are white paint(?) stains on two external surfaces; one surface has small remnants of approximately three sheets of newspaper stuck to it. Some of the words are legible. Maurice Gay served as the Regimental Quartermaster from 1863-1865 and used this desk. See Archives for associated archival collection (1742/1300-1625). Maurice Gay (Guex) emigrated from France sometime before 1857 and settled in Waukau, Wisconsin. He was a farm laborer working for Thomas Palfrey in the town of Omro P.O. Waukau in 1860. He enlisted in Company H, 18th Wisconsin on January 15, 1862 as a private. He was promoted to corporal and sergeant. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant March 30, 1863, and 1st Lieutenant July 26, 1863. He served as Regimental Quartermaster of the 18th Wisconsin, which explains why he possessed the desk and archival material in the collection. He was mustered out July 18, 1865. He married Sarah M. (Packard) Stone in Winnebago County on November 22, 1866. They lived all their lives in the Waukau area. They had one daughter, Bessie S. Gay Bishop. Maurice died in July 1911.
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