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    Vermont Soldier's Grouping Anchored by Civil War Pocket Diary. This lot pertains to Bugler Otis N. Rublee, Co. "A", 13th Vermont Infantry and, later, the 3rd Battery Vermont Light Artillery. Included are the following items:
    Pocket diary for 1864
    , approximately 200 pages, 5" x 3", leather covers, space for two entries per page. Moderate external wear, split to inside front cover, generally clean. Good condition. Entries do not exist for every day, however the entire year is covered variously in pen and pencil. Rublee's narrative follows his battery south into Virginia, giving details of weather and deployment. The final pages of the diary are devoted to personal financial accounts. The 3rd Vermont Light Artillery spent 1864 at Petersburg and Rublee's July 30 entry mentions the Mine Explosion with "...the Ball appeared at about 5 A.M. first the fort was blown up and the attack commenced and lasted for 4 hours nothing of consequence gained large numbers wounded." The entry for Election Day, Tuesday, November 8 states that McClellan gleaned only 15 votes from the battery whereas Lincoln received 72. All in all, a fairly complete account of daily life in an artillery regiment facing an entrenched and determined foe.
    Two discharge certificates, both 8.5" x 11", one from Brattleboro, Vermont, July 21, 1863 and the other from Burlington, Vermont, June 15, 1865. Both items moderately aged with smoothed folds, very good condition.
    Pension certificate, 8" x 10.75", one page with supplementary docketing panel, Washington, D.C., September 23, 1903. Folds, else very fine condition.
    Oval portrait of Rublee wearing Grand Army of the Republic medal, circa 1900, mounted to mat board, 4.25" x 6.5" overall, fine condition.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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