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    Union Soldier Josiah R. Casselman's 1865 Diary. 3.25" x 6", black cloth bound diary. Casselman served with Company F of the 112th New York Infantry from 1862 to 1865. The majority of Casselman's diary entries contain information concerning the weather as well as engagements, camp life, and troop movements. An entry written on January 13, 1865, records the 112th NY's assault and capture of Fort Fisher: "Under cover of the gun boats. The whole force is on shore at sun down start down the beech [sic] and form a line from the cape fear river to the beech, near the fort we took on Christmas. The line moves towards Fort Fisher at 7 o'clock in the night one mile and built a line of breastworks from the river to the beech facing toward Wilmington got it don [sic] at day light the gunboats are firing at the fort."

    A few months later in April, as the war drew to a close, Casselman had a number of entries as news of the Confederacy's downfall became known. On April 6, 1865 he recorded, "very warm. The news came at 11am that genl Grant had captured Richmond on Monday the 3; and in the night at 10 ½ the news came that he captured Petersburg on tues the 4 and had taken 35,000 prisoners and 500 canon and that grant was still after Lee on the way to Danville, Va. We all gave 3 cheers for the good news the Col read the news to us." Six days later on the 12th he wrote: "very warm. Our brigade in guard for the wagon train we start at 12 and we march a little ways when Genl. Ames Adjt genl comes up with a dispatch from Genl. Grant stating that Lee has surrendered his entire army, to him..." And finally, the sad news of Lincoln's assassination finally reached the army a week later. On April 22, Casselman wrote, "cool wind. On camp guard the news is in the New York papers that Abraham Lincoln was shot dead on the 15th of this month in Washington D.C." Josiah Casselman was mustered out of the service on June 13, 1865 at Raleigh, North Carolina.

    Accompanied by Josiah R. Casselman Discharge Certificate. One page, 8.5" x 10.75", June 13, 1865, Raleigh, NC. The document is signed by Benjamin Seaward.

    Condition: Pages toned throughout, minor staining in places throughout pages. Wear on outer cover at spine and edges. Front cover hinge is still attached but is weakened with some material loss. The certificate is toned throughout with vertical and horizontal folds. Minor matt burn around edges. Small tear along horizontal fold.


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