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    Company "F", 95th Pennsylvania Infantry diary

    Union Soldier's Diary of John W. Carlisle of Company "F", 95th Pennsylvania Infantry for the years 1861 through 1866. Together with a carte de visite of Carlisle's brother Godfrey N. Carlisle, a GAR reunion albumen, and four tintypes. John Carlisle enlisted as a private on September 9, 1861, and was discharged for disability on February 21, 1863.

    Carlisle records his diary entries in a leather bound book measuring 3.75" x 6", approximately 250 pages of writing. Entries vary in length from a quick sentence to a full page. He does not write every day, but seldom skips more than 3 days running. Good content recording day to day troop movements, engagements with the enemy, including the Battle of Gaines' Mill.

    In small part: "[October 24, 1861] Regt attended the funeral of Col Baker at Washington 1028 went on review at Washington by Gen Geo B McClellan about 11,000 men in line [October 29] Struck tents and marched from camp Kindall Green to Bladensburg about 5 miles from Washington [November 20] Regt went on review at Bailey X roads about 60,000 infantry 3 Regt Cavalry and 200 pieces of artillery in line [December 13] A soldier of the first regt NY Cavalry was shot by a detachment of 12 men of his own Regt for trying to desert over to the Rebels [January 5,1862] Received new Belgian rifles [January 11] on a visit to Alexandria went in the Marshall house where Col Ellsworth was shot by Jackson while hauling down the rebel flag [April 5] rec marching order [April 6] left camp at Franklin at 9 o clock A.m. marched to the Alexandria railroad got in the cars at 4 o clock P.M. rode to Manassas which we reached about 2 o'clock in the morning of the 7 [April 7] left the cars at daylight left Manassas and marched to Bristoe.... [April 11] left camp at 8 A.M. went on board the Steamer State of Maine at 1P.M. Steamer anchored one mile below Alexandria for overnight... [April 23] left Steamer went on shore at Ship Point pitched tents... [May 6] left Yorktown at 4 A.M. and anchored at 12 noon went on shore at West Point after dark and pitched tents [May 7] left camp and went in the woods to reconoiter by companies came across 2 divisions of Rebels. Had a fight for about 3 hours on picket for over night... [May 27] got light marching orders to be ready at a minute's notice to move 5/30 on guard hardest rain and thunder I remember seeing... [June 27] fine day, got marching orders called into line several times through the day, left camp at one P.M. for battle. crossed the river. Had a severe battle with the enemy at Gains Hill. Our Col, Major, Capt, and Lieut wounded. Regt returned to camp after dark [June 28] fine day struck tents at 6 A.M. and marched to the woods at 11 P.M. and marched until 3 A.M. of the 29th then we rested until sunrise [June 29] at sunrise took up our march for James River marched 14 miles. When we went on picket for the night. [June 30] fine day left picket at 7 A.M. and marched back 2 miles to act as rear guard for the wagons, under arms all afternoon. Heavy artillery fight around us laid on the ground for three or four hours..."

    Carlisle falls ill in late December of 1862 and is hospitalized. He is discharged for disability a few months later on February 23, 1863. He re-enlists the following February in 112th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers and continues to make entries in this same diary. Entries for the last days of the war include mention of Petersburg and transport of prisoners.

    The diary is offered with a carte de visite his brother Godfrey Carlisle, which is signed on the verso, and has a cancelled revenue stamp. In an unknown hand in pencil is noted: "Was at Lee's Surrender," which is inaccurate. Godfrey Carlisle enlisted as a private in Company "A" of the Pennsylvania 7th Cavalry on February 27, 1864. He is listed as a POW on October 1, 1864 at Duck River, Tennessee and is released on April 21, 1865.

    Also included is a GAR reunion photo, 4.75" x 3.75" albumen mounted to an overall size of 7" x 5". Undated, but likely early 1900s. On verso is noted in pencil, "John Carlisle / Old Point Comfort ' Died 1909." The lot also includes four sixth plate tintypes of family members, all likely post war.

    Condition: Interior pages of diary are evenly toned, and very legible. Binding is fragile, and leather is lifting at bottom of spine, and peeling at the corners. Diary remains intact. Carte de visite of Godfrey has been clipped at corners, gently toned and retaining good detail. GAR reunion image has silvering, with light dampstaining to mount on verso only. Tintypes are included for context only as they accompanied diary.


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