Very Rare 1862 Civil War Soldiers Bible Inscr. Co. A 51st. Reg. Mass. Esterbrook
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Very Rare 1862 Civil War Soldiers Bible Inscr. Co. A 51st. Reg. Mass. Esterbrook:
Rare 1862 Civil War Soldiers "Miniature" Bible or small pocket Bible. Belonging to a soldier in Company A of the 51st. Regiment Mass. with his name handwritten in ink on the front blank. Great provenance.
This Bible is very unusual because of several reasons of provenance:
 This Bible was actually published/printed during the Civil War so it was probably carried by this soldier into war.[See scan with date]
..It is a Special Bible acquired for the troops and given to this Mass. soldier by the Worcester Co. Mass. BIBLE SOCIETY, with the Societys personal embossed stamp on the front blank page.[See scan of the Societies stamp] Also see paragraph below concerning distribution of these Bibles in 1862 and the Bible Society.
..Hand-written in ink on front blank page:.."E.A. Esterbrook, Estenbrook, CO. A. 51st Regt. Boylston, Mass."
..It is in excellent original condition.
NOTE:..We are not sure what the correct spelling of the persons last name is. It could be "Estorbrook", "Estenbrook" ?? See scans, needs research.
Also:..Embossed on the first blank page:.."From Worcester Co. Mass. BIBLE SOCIETY" [See below] This Worcester, Mass. organization gave these Bibles to to Civil War Soldiers.
FROM THE INTERNER ARCHIVES ABOUT THIS BIBLE FROM:..The Fifty-third Annual Meeting of the Bible Society Of Massachusetts, Central Church, Winter Street, Boston, May 26, 1862; the President, Hon. Samuel H. Walley, in the chair. The year past, fruitful in great events to our country, has been marked, as will be seen, by unusual activity in the Bible work. When our armies began to muster at the call of the Government, a general desire was felt that all the soldiers should possess the Holy Scriptures. The camps were visited, and the men who were found destitute were furnished with some portion of the Bible, usually the New Testament and Psalms. For a particular account of these labors. The rebellion against the Government will soon be crushed, by the blessing of God upon us, and our soldiers will return to the peaceful pursuits they have left. But the poor we shall always have with us, and whensoever we will we may do them good. And there is no limit, save our ability, to what we may do in that field which is the world, through the channel of the American Bible Society, with which, since its origin in 1816, only six years after our own, we have been affiliated.
TITLE:.."THE NEW TESTAMENT OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST TRANSLATED OUT OF THE ORIGINAL GREEK AND WITH THE FORMER TRANSLATIONS DILIGENTLY COMPARED AND REVISED..NEW YORK: AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY, INSTITUTED IN THE YEAR 1816..1862."
Black faux limp leather with original closure flap. All edges are gold gilt, white endpapers, 368,96 pages [464 total]. Measures 3.75 X 2.25 inches.
CONDITION:..Some minor edgewear and a few internal smudges. Otherwise, very clean and bright, binding is supple and secure. Unusually Very Good ++ or better condition.
PARTIAL HISTORY OF THE:..51st Regiment Infantry..Organized at Worcester September 25 to October 30, 1862. Moved to Boston, thence to Newberne, N. C., November 25-30. Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. of North Carolina, to December, 1862. Amory's Brigade, Dept. North Carolina, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 18th Army Corps, Dept. of North Carolina, to June, 1863. 8th Army Corps, Middle Dept., July, 1863. Temporary to 1st Army Corps, Army Potomac, July, 1863.
SERVICE.--Foster's Expedition to Goldsboro December 11-20, 1862. Kinston December 14. Whitehall December 16. Goldsboro December 17. Duty at Newberne until March, 1863. Expedition to Trenton, Pollocksville, Young's Cross Roads and Onslow, January 17-21, 1863, Companies "A," "B," "C," "D," "H," "I," "K" guard and outpost duty by detachments on railroad between Newberne and Morehead City March 2 to May 4. Companies "A" and "C" at Morehead City. (Co. "C" at Fort Macon March 30 to May 5.) "B," "D," "H" and "I" at Newport. "K" at Evans' Mills. "E" and "F" at Beaufort and "G" at Brice's Ferry. Headquarters at Beaufort. Moved to Newberne May 4, and duty there until June 24. Moved to Fort Monroe, Va., thence to White House June 24-28. Moved to Baltimore, Md., June 29-July 1. To Monocacy Junction, Frederick and Sandy Hook July 6-7. Occupation of Harper's Ferry July 8. March to Funkstown, Md., July 12-13, and join 1st Army Corps. Pursuit of Lee. March to Berlin July 15-17, thence moved to Worcester, Mass., July 17-21. Mustered out July 27, 1863. Regiment lost during service 44 Enlisted men by disease.
[ Additional History of the 51st. Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 1:..Col., Augustus B. R. Sprague; Lieut.-Col., John M. Studley; Maj., Elijah A. Harkness. The 51st was recruited from the southern part of Worcester county during the summer and autumn of 1862. The men rendezvoused at Camp Wool, Worcester, and from Sept. 25 to Nov. 11 were mustered into service for nine months. The regimental rolls show a total of 42 officers and 879 enlisted men. It lost no men in action, but 40 died from disease, suffering especially from cerebrospinal meningitis. The field officers were all taken from active service with other organizations. Col. Sprague having served previously as captain of the 3d battalion rifles, and as lieutenant-colonel of the 25th infantry. He had been in action at Roanoke island and New Berne. By request of Gen. Foster the regiment was ordered to North Carolina. It left the state on Nov. 25 and arrived at Beaufort Nov. 30, proceeding directly to New Berne, where it was assigned to Amory's brigade, composed of Massachusetts troops. It took part in the Goldsboro expedition, in which it lost 2 men wounded. On Dec. 30 Co. G, under Capt. T. D. Kimball, was detailed for special service at Brice's ferry, where it continued throughout its term of service. In Jan., 1863, seven companies shared in the expedition to Pollocksville and Trenton, returning to New Berne on the 21st. Throughout March and April, it was distributed along the railroad between New Berne and Morehead City in the performance of garrison duty, having its headquarters at Beaufort. Meanwhile the health of the regiment had materially improved and it returned to New Berne on May 4. On June 24 it was ordered to Fortress Monroe, and arrived there on the 27th, having left behind 183 men sick. Its term of service had now expired, but it volunteered for further service during the emergency created by the entrance of Lee's army into Maryland, and was first employed on special service in Baltimore until July 5. The next day it reported to Gen. H. S. Briggs, in command of a provisional brigade of Massachusetts troops, and was stationed on Marye's heights until the 12th, when it was ordered to join the Army of the Potomac at Funkstown. The regiment had suffered so much from disease contracted by exposure in the swamps of North Carolina, that it was now reduced to 275 men for duty. When Lee's army escaped into Virginia, it was ordered to return to Massachusetts, and reached Worcester on July 21. It was mustered out of service July 27, 1863, after serving almost ten months.
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