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    [Civil War]. Motle C. Calhoun Bible with Inscription of Dying Wish and Pocket Journal. Motle Calhoun, a captain in Company "K," 10th Alabama Infantry, received a wound at the Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam) which he believed to be mortal. Lying wounded on the battlefield and believing that he is dying, Captain Calhoun took out his Holy Bible and scribbled an inscription, in pencil, on the front flyleaf which reads, in full: "Sharpsburg Sept 17-1862/Will a generous foe return this bible to Mrs. S. E. Calhoun I have fallen dear wife but my trust is in God meet me in Heaven. Childersburg [?] P. O. Talladega Co. Ala."

    Captain Calhoun survived his ordeal at Sharpsburg and gives a recount of the incident in his journal, also included in this lot. Of his wounding, he says: "Sept 17 1862 Ever memorable for the fiercest conflict probably that was ever fought on American soil, and ever to be remembered by myself particularly, it was here in the heat of conflict that I received a wound from the explosion of a shell in a few feet of me which laid me up for two months and came near sending me to my last meeting place." He continues his recount with the actions of the 10th Alabama that day, including the march to Sharpsburg and culminating in their slaughter in a cornfield where the enemy "...poured a most destructive fire into our ranks killing and wounding number or our brave boys." The only diary entries date from September 11 through September 17, 1862, the remainder of the book being filled with financial records for land, taxes, hired hands, etc. ending sometime around 1866.

    The front board and spine covering of the Bible are separating, but still attached. The inscription shows some light fading, but is wholly legible. The journal is also worn with some overall soiling and toning of the pages.

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