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    Great ID'd Bible Used by Federal Prisoner Who Died in Andersonville. 3 3/8" X 5 3/4", brown leather covers, with black spine lable and gilt stampings. Shows heavy use but intact sound condition. Printed in New York in 1838 and almost 2" thick. The inside front cover shows what appears to be an ink stencil with the owner's name Nathan Perry, and on the fly leaf is the following period ink inscription: "Nathan Perry died in Andersonville Prison in the south, Sept 21, 186(?) In a just and righteous cause, Viz. that slavery might be forever banished from our glorious republic. God save our land." Some of the script is a bit weak but fully legible. Sadly, someone in the last 50 years added a note about Perry's death in Andersonville at the bottom of the page in ball point pen. This, however, does not at any point interfere with the original inscription. Nathan Perry, a 33 year old carpenter, enlisted in the 1st Mass. Heavy Arty on 8/6/61, and subsequently re-enlisted on 11/24/63. He was captured at Petersburg and died at Andersonville from disease on 9/23/64. He is in grave #9603 and a photograph of his tombstone is included with the bible. A poignant and tragic Civil War artifact.

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    November, 2011
    12th Saturday
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