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    Union Soldier Josiah R. Casselman's 1864 Diary. 3.5" x 5.75", black cloth bound diary. Casselman was mustered into Company F of the 112th New York Infantry. At the front of the diary he has written "This Book was bought on Folly Island, S.C. Dec. 25, 1863 for 30 cts. So goes the world boys." In the spring of 1864, Casselman and the 112th were stationed near Petersburg and Richmond, where they saw heavy action and lost one of their popular leaders.

    On May 5, 1864 he recorded, "Very warm. Left fort Monroe at sunrise up the James River, with a whole fleet commanded by maj genl B. battles past Newport news at 7am past Jamestown at 1 ½ pm past Harrison landing at 6pm past city point at 7pm. Land at Bermuda hundred at 12 in the night. Marched one mile and camped for the night." On May 16 he wrote, "warm with some rain on picket, the regt in a fight in front of darling col. carpenter mortily [sic] wounded. The adjt [illegible] one man killed and 16 wounded in the regt. the force comes in at night." He wrote on May 20 saying, "warm and pleasant. Lay behind the brest [sic] work the rebs charge on our pickets rifle pits and take heavy cannonading on both sides our men charge on the rifle pits on the right and take them and a maj. genl."

    The 112th NY Infantry went on to participate at the Battle of Cold Harbor, where they took heavy losses. Casselman wrote on June 1, 1864: "Very warm. Started at 7am. Got to old church tavern at 11am. Marched to Cold Harbor formed a line of battle the 6 and 18 corps and made a charge on the enemys beast work and took them. The 112th lost 164 men and officers killed and wounded." He continued on the 3rd, writing, "warm with rain. Lay behind the brest work in the morning, and then orders to support a battery...and the battery went to the rear and we went on picket relined at the right and lay behind the brest work all night. Heaving fighting on the right the rebs charged 3 times and got repulsed. We gook 700 pris."

    Casselman was also at The Battle of the Crater during the Siege of Petersburg. His entry for July 30, 1864 reads: "Very warm. Arrived at the left of the line at 4am. Lay still till a quarter to 5 when they blew up the fort, all the canon [sic] along the line opened and 2 div of the 2nd corps and 1 of the 5 makes a charge and takes to lines of works and our div the 2nd of the 10 corps comes up to their support. The 112th loss is 2 kill and 12 wounded..." With brief, yet good content of the 112th actions during the third year of the war.

    Condition: Pages toned throughout, some wear to binding at spine and corners. Minor staining and foxing in places throughout pages.


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