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    Diary of 62nd Pennsylvania Soldier Robert Newton Martin (1840 - 1912), 65 pages, unbound, sheet sizes range 5" x 7" to 8" x 12", variously written in pen and pencil, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania locations, 1862 - 1863. Although the diary is war date, some of it is written after the fact. Martin joined Co. "A" 3rd Pennsylvania Volunteers on April 20, 1861, re-enlisting in Co. "M", 62nd Pennsylvania Infantry on August 9, 1861. During the period described in his diary, Martin's regiment belonged to the First Divison of V Corps, Army of the Potomac. The 62nd Pennsylvania was in the field for three years, being heavily engaged in nearly every major Eastern battle during its term of service. Regimental casualties were 258 officers and men. Robert N. Martin survived to muster out a first lieutenant on August 15, 1864. A keen observer and competent writer, Martin's diary is a compelling account of life as a line soldier. Excerpts are as follows: "(Camp Winfield Scott, Virginia, April 24, 1862)...in front of the Rebel fort we have a good view of one of our masked batteries mounting five 32 pounders...we had an excellent view of the Rebels & their works...(Sharpsburg, Maryland, September 17, 1862)...at daybreak we heard the artillery at their work while we were getting our coffee...the engagement soon became general...their round shot flew in our neighborhood but did no damage...(Chancellorsville, Virginia, May 1, 1863)...a little farther we see the balloons. At the same time heavy firing on our Right & countless shells explode...My company was thrown in the woods as flankers relieving L company...we reached a point 2 miles distant from our original line when a furious cannonading commenced accompanied with terrific volleys of musketry. The Rebs cheering loudly they are making a desperate attempt to break our lines...night set in the moon shone brilliant giving the Rebs the opportunity of continuing his attack. From where I stood I could see the flash of each piece of artillery that showered the grape & canister in to the Rebel Ranks...it sounds dreadful in daylight but how unnatural it seemed at night...". Even light toning, some marginal creases and a few chips.

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