Civil War New York Heavy Artillery Officer Diary W/ Harpers Ferry Battle Content
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Civil War New York Heavy Artillery Officer Diary W/ Harpers Ferry Battle Content:
Up for offer is an original civil war diary kept by Captain Henry L. Smith of the New York 6th Battalion Heavy Artillery and later 5th NYHA. The diary is written in an 1857 dated diary. Captain Smith simply crossed out 1857 on the pages and changed them to 1861 & 1862. The first 38 pages of the diary was used as a cash account ledger for items purchased and money loaned out. The ledger/diary mentions several other 5th New York Heavy Artillery officers including Captain Eugene McGrath, Captain Oliver Cotter, Captain James Crane, and Colonel Edward Murray. Starting on The actual diary portion starts on March 11th 1862 with the regiment marching to Washington. The diary starts to get interesting in August of 1862 when the Captain is sent to Harpers Ferry and appointed to Colonel Miles staff as Chief of Artillery. The next month or so talks about gun emplacements, etc. etc. and the on 9/3/62 the diary states "enemy reported near us", then on 9/7/62 the Captain reports that one of his guns threw 36 shells at the enemy. Then on 9/8/62 the diary states Jackson, Lee & Longstreet are on our front, rear, and flank. One the 12th Rebels are now moving against us. From September 12th until Sept. 15th the diary includes real time details about the Battle of Harpers Ferry. On the 14th the Captain states "Terrible fight of artillery all day, WE ARE TRAPPED (you can tell this guy was nervous). On the 15th He surrendered and states that Colonel (Dixon S.) Miles was mortally wounded. The diary portion ends on January 17th 1863 and the rest is used as a ledger again with some missing pages. Very neat diary. Some research on the soldier is included with the diary. Guaranteed authentic in every regard.
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