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    Captain Isaac Hall [WIA Wilderness]: 97th Regt. N.Y.V. Diary. Rebound 200-page manuscript diary titled on the cover: "'My Own Diary' Capt. Isaac Hall Co. A, 97th Regiment, N.Y. Vols." The title page is inscribed: "Isaac Hall/ Capt. 97th Regt. N.Y.S. Vols/ On the Weldon R.R./ Va. Sept. 18th 1864/ 2nd Brigade/ 3d Division/ 5th Corps/ Army of the Potomac". The entries cover the period June 20, 1864 to April 9, 1865. The last seven pages of the diary contain "A Sketch of Col. J. O. Spoffords Military Life". The lot is accompanied by a 1891 edition in green cloth of a book authored by Hall, namely: "History of the Ninety-Seventh Regiment New York Volunteers ('Conkling Rifles') In the War for the Union." Hall is pictured opposite page 208 in this regimental history. A resident of Utica, he mustered in November 30, 1861 and rose to the rank of captain. He was wounded in the right leg at the Battle of the Wilderness on May 6, 1864. The diary is handsomely bound in pebbled brown leather with marbled end papers. The diary apparently commenced during his convalescence. The regiment participated in practically all the major battles of the war. A few excerpts: "[October 28th 1864] The 5th and second corps were engaged and got pretty badly mixed up with the enemy in the wilderness near storey neck. Some four or five hundred of our men were captured in this affair. Our whole loss will probably amount to seven hundred. It is estimated the loss of the enemy will exceed 1500... [January 14th 1865] I arrived at City Point Va. about 4 P.M. in charge of 117 enlisted men from rendezvous of distribution Va. Nine men deserted at City Point... [March 31st 1865] We have heard from the front to-day and some of the wounded of Sheridens cavalry have been brought in and report the battle is raging... [April 9th 1865] President Lincoln visited the hospitals to-day and went through every ward. He past through our tent in which are ten officers, shaking hands with all. This is the first occasion of my shaking hands with the President. He looks care worn but cheerful. What a weight of responsibility has been upon him, but hope is booming. The 97th Regiment has suffered less in this whole affair than my company has in either of the battles in which I have been engaged and I have never missed a battle before this." Hall apparently had some health issues which kept him sidelined. In addition, he was charged in a court-marital proceeding with an unspecified offense, so his status in the army was in limbo for a brief period. The diary entries are generally legible, though the handwriting is somewhat stylized. Several skirmishes with the enemy are reported.

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