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Civil War 1863 Manuscript Journal Diary Battles Rebel Prisoners 12th Vt Virginia For Sale
THIS IS A FASCINATING and EXTREMELY SCARCE PIECE OF CIVIL WAR HISTORY!Being a handwritten Civil War diary kept by Pvt John Finn of the 12th VT Infantry Regiment, Co. C from January to June 17 of 1863 (three days per page). The front pastedown denotes ''February 1863, John Finn; Camp Wolf Run, Sholes(sic), Virginia occupation; Patomoc(sic)." This was the probable location for the bulk of the diary. It is full of fascinating and historical entries, which include mentions of camp life, duties, sicknesses, marching orders, setting tents, reclaiming old Rebel barracks for camping, guard and battalion drills, rebel encounters, pickets at Bull Run (March), taking 3 rebels prisoner, right with 14th Regiment, much about his run ins with Typhoid (he is sick and in the hospital for a while), hard battle at Canonsberg(?), he also noted on June 14th 'dear friends dont be alarmed, when I get home...dear friends our army is on the re-treat.' Many similar entries that are not listed and for you to discover! Locations vary throughout, please see the link below for detailed photos of all of the better entries. Hadnwriting faded at times, spelling is poor; Finn was undoubtedly a poor uneducated youth at this time. Leatherbound and very worn with loss and soiling, as shown. Also, pages lacking from late June through Dec (removed many years back, from owner perhaps). Handwritten; measures roughly 3.5" x 2.5". Well worthy of research and truly a historical gem!
American Civil War Soldiers
about John Finn
23 Aug 1862
Enlisted as a Private on 23 August 1862. Enlisted in Company C, 12th Infantry Regiment Vermont on 4 Oct 1862. Mustered Out Company C, 12th Infantry Regiment Vermont on 14 Jul 1863 at Brattleboro, VT.
Regiment Name:12th Regiment, Vermont :Company:C
12th Regiment, Vermont Infantry
at Brattleboro October 4, 1862, for nine months. Moved to Washington,
D. C., October 7-10, 1862. Attached to 2nd Brigade, Abercrombie's
Division, Military District of Washington, to February, 1863. 2nd
Brigade, Casey's Division, 22nd Army Corps, to April, 1863. 2nd Brigade,
Abercrombie's Division, 22nd Corps, to July, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 3rd
Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to muster out.
Service:Camp on East Capital Hill, Washington, to
October 30, 1862. Moved to Munson's Hill October 30, thence to Hunting
Creek October 31. At Camp Vermont, near Hunting Creek, till December 12.
Picket duty near Fairfax Court House December 12, 1862, to January 20,
1863. Defence of Fairfax Court House from attack by Stuart's Cavalry
December 29, 1862. Duty at Wolf Run Shoals January 20 to May 1. Guard
railroad at Warrenton Junction till May 7 and at Rappahannock Station
till May 18. At Bristoe and Catlett's till June 1. At Union Mills till
June 25. March to Gettysburg, Pa., June 25-July 1. Detached at
Westminster as train guard till July 4. Guard prisoners to Baltimore
July 4-6. Moved to Brattleboro July 6-9, and there mustered out July 14,
Lost by disease 2 Officers and 65 Enlisted men. Total 67.