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    Civil War Diary of Oliver P. Casselbaum, Co. D, 100th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Black folding wallet style, 3" X 4 3/4", with oil cloth cover. Casselbaum enlisted in the 100th on 7/25/62 and died of disease at Knoxville, Tn. on 4/18/64. He is birdied in gravesite 6-80 in the Knoxville National Cemetery. The diary contains 118 numbered pages with every page full. Almost entirely in bold, legible, ink script and very legible, with just a few pages in pencil script, also perfectly legible. The diary begins on August 8, 1862 with Casselbaum's enlistment, with entries and notations through 1863. Describes the regiment' s movement into Kentucky and skirmishing throughout Kentucky. Entries are not daily, and not necessarily sequential, but made by Casselbaum as events warranted and apparently wherever in the diary he felt there was sufficient space to contain the entry. Entries are, however, very insightful and interesting. Many details of small unit actions, capturing spies, lists of dead and casualties etc. Although no major combat actions, a fascinating and detailed look at the daily drudgery and danger of the fighting in Kentucky, with Federal and Confederate units in nearly constant contact. Contents excellent, bright and crisp. The covers show wear, the obvious result of being constantly carried by Casselbaum, with nearly daily use. A nice little Civil War diary.

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