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    Union Soldier Josiah R. Casselman's 1863 Diary. 3" x 4.5", small black cloth bound diary. Casselman enlisted in the Union Army at the age of 19 and was mustered into Company F of the 112th New York Infantry. He served from 1862 until he was mustered out in June of 1865. The majority of diary entries contain information concerning the weather and troop movements. In mid-June, Casselman has entries of engagements at Franklin as his unit pushed up the Peninsula. From June 14-16, 1863, he recorded: "Very warm. Marches 12 miles and then camped. Sheled [sic] the rebs at Franklin...very warm. Marched 16 miles and then camped. Sheled the rebs at Teni...Very warm. Marched 5 miles and then camped. Sheled the rebs at Franklin."

    On July 4, 1863, he wrote: "very warm, marched 15 miles. Went acrost [sic] the pay monkey to hanover junction, and halted in the woods. At 11pm at night the rebs fired on us we got 11 prisoners and left there at 3am and marched back 15 miles and camp in the wheatfield. Burnt the big bridge, acrost [sic] the paymonkey."

    Casselman tended to keep his entries very short and direct, but would sometimes include information about his fellow soldiers. His November 12, 1863 entry reads, "Warm and pleasant in camp. On Co. and battalion drill. Wm. H. Bliss and D.S. Fowler gon [sic] home and discharge, good luck to them." Towards the end of the year, Casselman's unit participated in various operations at Charleston and the bombardment of Fort Sumter.

    Condition: Pages toned throughout, some wear to binding at spine and corners. Minor staining and foxing in places throughout pages. Cover is worn, with some material loss.


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