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    Union Soldier's Diary kept by Joseph Perkins of the 10th New Hampshire Volunteers. Includes notes on the Battle of Fredericksburg. Although the diary is for the year 1863, he began the diary in 1862, as there are seven pages of entries covering important occurrences during the last few months of that year. Of most note: "December 1862 11th attacked fredericksburg heavy Canonanading shelled the rebels out the city we cross the river to night... 13th on picket the rebels pickets commence firing at us soon after we go on post the battle soon commenced lasted all day we called upon to charge on a battery after dark we layed on the rail road all day when the bullets wer whistling and shells bursting..."

    The 1863 entries track his daily duties including pickets, weather, and some battle activity. In brief: "April 19 clear and warm firing in the night on picket today cross the river to night 89th Ny take a fors with 5 guns and amunition some prisoners April 28 rains a little this morning considerable firing to day rains to night June 10 air weather verry warm our folks picking up all the negroes going to set them to work July 4 Vicksburg surrenderd today July 5 fair weather this morning start for White house landing at 5 1/2 PM march 25 miles get into camp 1/2 past one march 25 miles."

    The pages at the end includes a list of the deaths of comrades and family members. A separate page itemizes the costs of his clothing, and elsewhere a long list of the names of ships. Gentle wear to cover, clean pages, and tight binding.

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