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Lot 556

1863-1864 Civil War Journal of a East TN Union Infantry Soldier

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Journal or diary of an unknown Union infantryman in the 2nd Regiment North Carolina Mounted Infantry, Company F, which was organized at Knoxville, TN in October 1863 and mustered out August 1865. The diary dates are from November 30, 1863 - October 10, 1864 with some pages containing dates that are not sequential. Most of the entries are from the East TN or Cumberland Gap areas and begin with a comment on the weather and the general events of each day, and camp life. Most of his entries end with the word "sufficit". A couple of poems are also recorded. The writer begins service at 19 years of age and celebrates his 20th birthday while enlisted. Although the journal owner is unknown, some names mentioned are Charles P Wilson, Capt. Andrew J Bohney, William Gillespie, Capt. Haffs, Capt. Johnson, Col. Smith, Wilson Gilles, and Yeke Kuykendall among others. Entries of note include: 1) Eve of Dec. 25, 1863, finds us at near Blains(sic) X Roads All Right Enroute for Strawberry Plains hope to be at home in a short time Christmas morning we had beef corn bread and coffee for breakfast Pa(?) bought 8 pies so we can get along for Christmas... 2) Dec. 26 1863- .... 19 yrs 6 months and 21 days finds me afar off in the field endeavoring or contributing my mite(sic) to put down this Accursed Rebellion far away from home on the tented field this infamous outrageous abominable detestable Rebellion which has devastated our once happy Country and destroyed our happinefs(sic) with it has it no end. 3) Capt. A J Bohney (Andrew J Bohney) of the 104 A.V.L. commands the 2nd NC for the present Sunday Dec 27 1863. 4) A handwritten copy of the poem "Three Hundred Thousand More" by James Sloan Gibbons with the note "Written Cumberland Gap May 15,1864 by Candlelight Dedicated to Mifs(sic) Bettie" (Note: This poem was written in response to Abraham Lincoln's call for a draft). 5) May 10th, 1864....glorious news from Richmond Burnside and Grant Both these city surround killed and wounded 13000 Rebs.... 6 - May 13th, 1864.....good news from Richmond 20,000 men & generals capture Buergaed(sic) cut off Lee asks for a cesation of hostilities..... Hardcover, 7 3/4" H x 6 1/4" W. History: Men for the 2nd North Carolina Mounted Infantry were recruited from Western North Carolina, East Tennessee, and some of its ranks were filled with Confederate deserters. Recruitment of these regiments epitomized the Brother's War, and the men serving in these two Union units were commonly referred to as Home Yankees and Tories (


Wear, losses, and chipping to leather, board, spine, and pages of book. Some pages are partially intact or detached.

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