Very Rare Union Officer's Civil War Archive Lot Diary, Newspapers, Medals,photos For Sale
WonderfulVERY RARECivil War Union Officer's Diary and Memorabilia!Lt. Edward Hitchcock joined the Indiana Volunteers, 71st Regiment in 1862. The son of a prominent surgeon, who also served in the war, Hitchcock was just 22 and newly married when he first saw battle. A newspaperman by trade, he kept a meticulous journal of his experiences in Kentucky and Tennessee which, along with family photographs, letters, uniform parts, and other memorabilia:
1) Autograph manuscript of First Lt. Edward Hitchcock, 102 pages recto and verso, duodecimo, in pencil, various places in Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee, May 20, 1863-December 31, 1863, being Hitchcock's diary of the Knoxville campaign under General Burnside, bound in full black leather with tab, some leaves loose, worming to cover, good condition. Hitchcock's journal contains some remarkable battle content, including an incident in which he and the other members of his picket are nearly captured. From November 14: "Straggling rebels were in the neighborhood, so I sent a message to Gen.Burnside stating the fact, and asking to be relieved. As I had feared, he did not know we were out there! But he refused to relieve us, merely wishing us keep a sharp look out and report all news to him. I resolved, however, to move back to the Loudon road again towards night. About 4 o'c'k a lady rode by, at the same time motioning to a man by my side- a scout- to follow her, as she had something important to tell him. Getting behind a house, she said the rebels were trying to surround us and we had better get away as soon as possible. She had passed five of them who made her promise not to let us know their proximity-otherwise they would have retained her. I hastened to tell the boys to mount. No sooner did they move than the balls were thick and fast right amongst us. One of our men was wounded in the leg and another was captured. We took the wounded man to a Union house. He is probably now in the hands of the rebels... If we had been a minute later, the rebels would have had their trap complete for 'bagging' us or at least many of our party might have been wounded or killed" Hitchcock also details the repulsion of Longstreet's forces at Fort Sanders, Bragg's defeat at Missionary Ridge, and Burnside's interminable wait for reinforcements from Sherman and Gordon Granger.
2) Photo Album, 20 images (3 tintypes and 17 albumen prints), being images of Lt. Edward Hitchcock, his brothers, father, and wife, and other family members, all in good to fine condition, album bound in full leather with clasp.
3) Autograph Letter Signed ("Your Father") of J.W. Hitchcock, 4 pages recto and verso, octavo (Conjoining leaves), Vicksburg, October 5, , to his daughter Kate, some creasing, staining, otherwise fine. Dr. Hitchcock, Edward's father, writes this note home giving news of the other Hitchcock sons who are also serving in the war.
4) Nine page manuscript of Dr. Hitchcock
5) A collection of Lt. Edward Hitchcock's uniform parts
6) A collection of Grand Army of the Republic reunion medals
7) Miscellaneous family letters and photos
8) Various newspapers and clippings from the period
11) Old watch owned by 1st Lt. Edward Hitchcock. Ingersoll Jr watch Nickel Arabic with box and instructions. No hands
12) Lt. Hitchcock's daughter Martha typed a transcript of his diary and this is included.
13) Glass and wood case to house the memorabilia along with an old tin box that houses his uniform parts.
So rare to find such an extensive collection of Civil War Memorabilia! Purchased at Butterfields sale House (Bonhams) in 1999. Copy of catalog cover and lot description included. Listing price under sale estimate.
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