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    Identified Forage Cap with Original Corps Badge & Diary of Charles C. Miller Co. "I," 148th New York Infantry. Fine untouched forage cap exhibiting its original red wool 24th Corps Badge, the center cut out with the number "2" designating the 2nd Brigade in which they served at the end of the war, and held fast with three small pins, unquestionably original to the cap. Carved into the tarred leather visor is a 1 3/8" high 24th Corps Badge surrounding the numbers "148". The underside of the visor also displays the carved numbers "148". Wool exhibits a few 1/2" holes at the front and some scattered minor moth holes. The hat is complete in every respect with chinstrap, federal eagle side buttons, visor, and the complete lining and sweatband. Expected crazing to the leather components and minor wear to the sweatband which is detached along the leather visor. Brown polished cotton liner shows minor wear.

    Accompanying the cap is Charles C. Miller's diary spanning the months September 1862 through September 1863. Miller, a first sergeant in Co. "I," 148th New York Infantry, enlisted as a private on August 30, 1862, and the following month he found himself in Norfolk, Virginia, on garrison duty with his regiment. A good soldier, he initially had his doubts, "Nov 2 /62 . . . if it Had not been for the whirling Faith in God & a firm belief in . . . our Free instutions I should of Given it up as all lost but I know we shall whip them in the End." In the diary, he discusses the weather; "Reball prisoners"; camp life and the dangers of life in enemy territory, "Dec 7 . . . went to Portsmouth one my way to the sity som persen shot at me . . . the Bushes flew in my face & a conterband stood near by me & saw that he was shot I steped to lok at the wount & at the sam instent a nother Buelt cam & cut the Branches & the counterbant Broke & run"; and war news such as the Battle of Gettysburg and Siege of Vicksburg, "July 4 /63 . . . to day was usherd in by th rining of Bells . . . I woke up . . . & felt as solom as death in vew of the news . . . of our army at getisburg . . . I have no doubt but at what a sacrifice of life will be the result in vew of that & the belief that Grant will storm Vixburg it involvs the livs of many good men," and again two days later, "July 6 /63 . . . the News begins to com in of the fall of Vixburg & if so port Hudson must fall & Charlston will be the next place of a tack & Grants army can bring Johenso [Johnston] to termes & . . . no doubt will capture Lee or Chase him to richman." One month after the diary ends, Miller and his regiment were attached to Wistar's Brigade, where they got their first real taste of combat. On June 4, 1864, Miller received a wound to his left forearm at the Battle of Cold Harbor, resulting in the amputation of a portion of the damaged limb. He was discharged from the army six months later. The diary also bears the stamp of a fellow member of Co. "I," George S. Gardner, and the names of several other men, presumably members of the company.


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    December, 2014
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