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    Union Soldier's Diaries (1864 and 1865) by Musician Martin F. Moore, Co. "K", New Hampshire 13th Infantry. Moore, born in England, enlisted in August 1862 and mustered out June 21, 1865. Both diaries contain daily entries with content on the Siege of Petersburg and the war's end.

    The 1864 diary, 3" x 6", begins on January 1, 1864, and continues through January 29, 1865 (Moore has used the "Memoranda" section at the end of the diary for his January 1865 entries). Highlights include the following: "I got up and beat Reville for the first time while in Pittston [Pennsylvania] and the Last time too for I broke my Drum shortly after"; "[I saw] Mr. Edwin Booth the Eminent American tragedian [perform]; "[at the Battle of Petersburg] Rebs are Shelling us again. . . . They are annoying us a Great deal here"; "Woke up pretty early this morning we Expected an attack. . . . The Sixth Corps relieved us of the Field. We [?] 5 guns 500 Prisoners and 2 Stand of Colors. We Lost 40 out of our Regiment killed and wounded"; "We are still in the Pits and the Rebs keep up a cross fire on our Pits. We are firing at a Rebel Battery opposite us trying to pick off the Cmmdrs. We lost one man today. . . . The Rebels favored us with a few shells. They bursted all around us one Bursted Right in front of my tent." On January 7, 1865, Moore witnessed "the execution of two Deserters . . . they had to shoot them twice before they died." The final pages of the 1864 diary contain more lengthy descriptions of battles fought during the Siege of Petersburg. The leather covers are worn, though still intact, with loose binding. Text is easily read. Overall good condition.

    The 1865 diary, 3" x 5", covers events throughout the year, with an emphasis on the war's end: "[April 21] Everything is going good for the Restoration of the peace to our victorious Armies. We are home pretty soon." At the end of the diary, Moore summarizes the year in entries made in the "Memoranda" section. One example: "[About April 1865] A Remarkable Month. There is not in the history of any nation so thickly Studded a page of great events as that which may be written of the month of April. Here is some of it's great and thrilling events. . . . 9th Surrender of Genl. Lee and his whole army to Genl. Grant . . . . 14th assassination of President Lincoln by John W. Booth and attempted murder of Mr. Seward, Sec. of State. 15th Death of President Lincoln. Andrew Johnson vice president becomes President of the United States. . . ." Leather covers, with some lose pages. Overall, good condition. Included is a tintype (2.75" x 3"), likely of Musician Moore.

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