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    [Civil War] Group of Three Journals owned by Charles A. Holmes including: Daily Pocket Diary for the Year 1861: For the Purpose of Registering Events of Past, Present, and Future Occurrence. New York: Kiggins & Kellogg, 1861. 32mo, unpaginated. Bound in black leather with gilt page edges. Attached to a black leather carrying case with pockets. Beginning January 1, 1861, Charles A. Holmes, then a student at Lombard University in Illinois, documented the day-by-day events of 1861 including the opening shots of the war with the attack of Fort Sumter, "Friday [April] 12: War commenced at Charleston S. C. between Maj Anderson and S. C."; the Battle of First Manassas, "Monday [July] 22: Worked this forenoon in the hay field, after dinner read an account of the fight at Bull's [sic] Run Va which took place yesterday." Rubbing on leather case along the edges and on diary's boards. Pages are in fine condition and the text is bold and clear. Excellent content. [and:] Clayton's Octavo Diary for 1864. New York: E. B. Clayton's Sons, Printers and Stationers, 1864. 8vo, unpaginated. Bound in a black leather carrying case. Charles A. Holmes, a captain in the 29th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, documents his movements throughout the year, in addition to war news from around the country. An exciting firsthand look at the life of an officer of the United States Army during the war. Fine condition. [and:] Regimental Quartermaster Ledger. N. p, 1862. 18mo, unpaginated. Bound in brown leather, it bears the inscription "2 M. 22nd Regmt Wis Vol. Racine Wis./Daily Memorandum from August 2, 1862." Contains all financial transactions for said regiment. Heavily worn on the cover; top and bottom edge of spine is torn. Holes on a number of pages toward the back. Some pages are stained and faded, obscuring the text. Fair.

    Charles A. Holmes (1840-Unknown) was born in Illinois, but moved to Wisconsin at the age of three. He attended Lombard University in Illinois until his graduation in June 1862. In August, he enlisted in the United States Army, joining the 29th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. In September of the same year he was given a commission to captain of his company. He was present during the Vicksburg campaign, the capture of Mobile, Alabama (the 29th Wisconsin, along with the 8th Illinois, were the first to enter the city), suffered wounds at the Battle of Champion Hills, and was mustered out in June 1865. After the war, he returned to Wisconsin and practiced law until 1871 where he was appointed Postmaster of Jefferson, Wisconsin, by President Grant. He was elected to the U. S. Legislature in 1874 and in 1886 to the Wisconsin State Senate.


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