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    Civil War: Personal Diary, Images and Other Effects Belonging to Corporal Wilkinson D. Perrin, Battery "H", Ohio 1st Light Artillery, Killed in Action at Cold Harbor, June 1, 1864. Wilkinson D. Perrin enlisted November 4, 1861 as a private and mustered into Battery H, Ohio 1st Light Artillery. The regiment participated in many of the major battles and campaigns of the Civil War including Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania Courthouse, Cold Harbor where Perrin was killed and Petersburg. The archive includes: 1.) Perrin's personal diary, 4 x 6-inches, brown leather wrappers, comprising 284 hand-numbered pages, with near-daily entries from April 29, 1862 to July 22, 1863. Besides the usual camp life observations Perrin provides a first-hand narrative of four major battles including (please note that Perrin rarely used punctuation or capitalization in his entries): A three-page description of the Battle of Port Republic, Virginia, June 9, 1862. In part: "We were attacked by the rebels at seven in the morning we kept up a sharp fire from seven to ten ...it was an artillery duel it was fun after all at ten they commenced to charge on our left...we hit them with canister in short order but lord how the musket ball [sic] did fly." A seven-page account with daily entries narrating the Battle of Fredericksburg, December 11-15, 1862. In part: [Saturday, December 13, 1862] "...went up to watch the enemy movements at quarter of twelve the center opened the attack but were driven back once the 2nd time they held their ground in the afternoon fight all over where our force was engaged I saw a hundred & twenty prisoners go by taken by the force on our left...". Daily diary entries describing the Battle of Chancellorsville, April 30-May 6, 1863. In part: "[Saturday, May 2, 1863] "Wholesale the right is giving way word has just come in the rebs are near we just wheel in line in time to save ourselves the rebs have opened with musketry and great panic the infantry have shot out the cavalry ... we took a position when they...yelling and charging us the fight lasted thirty minutes then we drove them back...". Six-page account of the Battle of Gettysburg with daily entries for July 1-3, 1863. In part: [Thursday, July 2, 1863] "The enemy sharpshooters were very annoying we laid on the hill all night heavy musketry was going all afternoon our men repulsed the enemy and drove them with a heavy loss five of our battery was hurt." [Friday, July 3, 1863] "They opened all their artillery all along the line and the cannonading was awful we were not fine for a long time but after while move our guns up and opened on them the shells were flying in all directions...our guns got so hot we could not work them got another gun and went in again...". Perrin used the last several pages of the diary to keep a log of the recipients of his letters. 2,) An inventory of Perrin's effects. One page, partially printed document, 8 x 10-inches, dated June 26, 1864, Petersburg, Virginia. The document is signed by Captain S. W. Dorsey, the commanding officer of "H" Company. The document indicates that Perrin was 20 years old at his death, born in Perrysburg, Ohio, was 5 feet 5 ½-inches tall, had dark hair and hazel eyes. He left behind one forage cap, one uniform jacket, a watch, revolver, and pocket book that is undoubtedly the diary in this lot. 3.) Sixth-plate tintype of Corporal Perrin seated in uniform. An excellent study clearly showing the crossed cannons and company letter "H" on his kepi. 4.) A fantastic carte de visite featuring the men of the 1st Gun Detachment of Battery "H" outside gathered around a cannon. The CDV has a Blackwell's Gallery, Toledo, Ohio studio mark on the verso. 5.) A framed small, dried rose captioned "Rose captured at Vicksburg July 4th 1863", the origin and significance of which is unknown.

    Condition: 1.) Excellent. 2.) Toned with old fold creases and few closed tears. 3.) Very good. Trimmed along the top. 4.) Very good. Trimmed corners; some light foxing at the margins. 5.) Very good.

    Update: The diary specifically mentions Gettysburg three times (Wednesday the 1st and Saturday the 4th). The consignor's great-uncle was Wilkinson Perrin. The items descended in the family.


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