1862 Civil War Rebel Book Stolen Confederate Union Ilchaplain Baker Manuscript
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1862 Civil War Rebel Book Stolen Confederate Union Ilchaplain Baker Manuscript:
A TRUE CIVIL WAR RELIC
BEING A SCARCE RELIGIOUS BOOK,
ONCE OWNED BY A 1ST SGT JAMES J QUARLES OF THE 30TH MISSISSIPPI,
FOUND AND 'RECOVERED' BY A UNION ARMY CHAPLAIN
NAMED N. M. BAKER OF THE 116TH ILLINOIS
WHILE HOLDING CAMP HOSPITAL IN QUARLES' RANSACKED CABIN IN DECEMBER 1862,
DURING THE FAMOUS 'TALLAHATCHIE MARCH!'BOOK TITLE:
Memoir Of Mrs. Ann H. Judson, Late Missionary To Burmah. Including A History Of The American Baptist Mission In The Burman Empire Lincoln & Edmands, Boston, 1829.
3RD ED.CONDITION:This recollection is by an American woman who did missionary work in the Far East. It has an interesting provenance, bearing two contemporary signatures of previous owners, one a Union Chaplain and one a Confederate Sgt. More below.
Full brown leather with gilt bands on spine. Red leather spine label. Leather with wear and scuffing, as it sustained a Union ransacking of its original owners abode. Portrait frontispiece and folding map of Burma both present, as shown. Hinge in front split wide open, first grouping of pages detached. Pages stained, foxed, but all there and present. CIVIL WAR PROVENANCE/CONNECTION:First EPs with Quarles family inscriptions, including Confederate 1st Sgt J. J. Quarles numerous times. Quarles was out serving with the 30th Mississippi when the cabin this book was 'found' in was ransacked by Union soldiers, and used as a Camp Hospital. The 'finder' was 116th IL Chaplain Nathan M. Baker, who has indicated on the first EP his experience in finding the book while on Grants Central Mississippi Campaign, the 'Tallahatchie March.'
Verbatim:On December 5th, 1862, we crossed the Tallahatchie river and advanced about six miles to the vicinity of Bawls Mills. Here we encamped for several days. About one fourth mile from camp was a plain log house which was appropriated as a regimental hospital. This house seemed to have been the residence of some professor, as there were philosophical apparatus and a large library, classical and historical. These books were being ransacked and as I had often heard my mother speak of the Memoirs of Mrs Judson, I though I would try and prize it.
-N. M. Baker.Fantastic Civil War History!
-more below-ORIGINAL OWNER:
Quarles, James J. Regiment Name:30th Regiment, Mississippi Rank In:First SergeantSoldier's Rank Out:First Sergeant----------CONFEDERATE MISSISSIPPI TROOPS 30th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry Overview: 30th Infantry Regiment was organized during the early summer of 1862 at Grenada, Mississippi. Its members were raised in the counties of Lafayette, Choctaw, Montgomery, Grenada, Yazoo, and Carroll. After serving in Kentucky the unit was assigned to General Walthall's and Brantly's Brigade, Army of Tennessee. It fought with the army from Murfreesboro to Atlanta, was with Hood in Tennessee, and saw action in North Carolina. It sustained 209 casualties at Murfreesboro, 124 at Chickamauga, and 149 at Chattanooga. In December, 1863, it was consolidated with the 29th and 34th Regiments, and totalled 554 men and 339 arms. This unit lost 9 killed and 29 wounded at Resaca, and the 29th/30th lost 8 killed and 20 wounded at Ezra Church. Only a remnant surrendered on April 26, 1865. Its commanders were Colonels G.F. Neill and James I. Scales, Lieutenant Colonels James M. Johnson and Hugh A. Reynolds, and Major John K. Allen.
UNION SOLDIER WHO STOLE THE BOOK:Baker, Nathan M. Regiment Name:116th Regiment, Illinois Rank In:ChaplainSoldier's Rank Out:ChaplainAlternate ILLINOIS VOLUNTEERS 116th Regiment, Illinois Infantry Overview: Organized at Decatur, Ill., and mustered in September 30, 1862. Left State for Memphis, Tenn., November 8, 1862. Attached to 4th Brigade, 5th Division, District of Memphis, 13th Army Corps (Old), Department of the Tennessee, November, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, District of Memphis, 13th Army Corps, to December, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Sherman's Yazoo Expedition, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 15th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to June, 1865. Service:At Memphis, Tenn., till November 26, 1862. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign. "Tallahatchie March" November 26-December 12. Sherman's Yazoo Expedition December 20, 1862, to January 2, 1863. Chickasaw Bayou December 26-28, 1862. Chickasaw Bluff December 29. Expedition to Arkansas Post, Ark., January 3-10, 1863. Assault on and capture of Fort Hindman, Arkansas Post, January 10-11. Moved to Young's Point, La., January 17-22, and duty there till March. Expedition to Rolling Fork, Miss., via Muddy, Steele's and Black Bayous, and Deer Creek, March 14-27. Demonstrations against Haines' and Drumgould's Bluffs April 29-May 2. Movement to Jackson, Miss., via Grand Gulf, May 2-14. Jackson May 14. Champion's Hill May 16. Siege of Vicksburg May 18-July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Surrender of Vicksburg July 4. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 4-10. Siege of Jackson July 10-17. At Big Black till September 22. Moved to Memphis, Tenn.; thence march to Chattanooga September 26-November 20. Operations on Memphis & Charleston R.R. in Alabama October 20-29. Bear Creek, Tuscumbia, October 27. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Foot of Missionary Ridge November 24. Tunnel Hill November 24-25. Mission Ridge November 25. Pursuit to Graysville November 26-27. March to relief of Knoxville November 28-December 8. Moved to Larkinsville, Ala., and duty there till May, 1864. Expedition toward Rome, Ga., January 25-February 5. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1-September 8. Demonstrations on Resaca May 8-13. Near Resaca May 13. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Advance on Dallas May 18-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2-5. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Battle of Atlanta July 22. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Ezra Chapel, Hood's second sortie, July 28. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 29-November 3. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Clinton November 21-23. Ball's Ferry and Georgia Central R. R. Bridge, Oconee River, November 23-25. Statesboro December 4. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Fort McAllister December 13. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Salkehatchie Swamps, S.C., February 2-5. South Edisto River February 9. North Edisto River February 12-13. Columbia February 16-17. Battle of Bentonville, N. C., March 20-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D. C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 19. Grand Review May 24. Mustered out June 7, 1865. Regiment lost during service 7 Officers and 49 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 7 Officers and 232 Enlisted men by disease. Total 295.