Apr 13, 2023 - Sale 2633

Sale 2633 - Lot 38

Price Realized: $ 4,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(CIVIL WAR.) Group of 9 war-era diaries. 9 volumes, various sizes, original bindings, and conditions. Various places, 1861-1865

Additional Details

Includes 6 diaries by Civil War soldiers:

Diary of Andrew Clough of the 53rd Massachusetts Infantry. [55] manuscript pages. 16mo, original limp calf, minor wear. Written while training in New York; he soon fell ill and returned home. 1 to 12 March 1863.

Diary of Edward Butler of the 2nd New York Artillery. [35] manuscript pages. 12mo, original limp calf; moderate wear. Written on the Overland Campaign from May 15 onward. First day of Cold Harbor: "Fot all day and lost a good many men" (31 May). "Wating for a batle charge on ther bresworks and fote all nite and drove them out of one brest worke and toke it. Petersburge on fire" (17 June). 4 January to 1 August 1864.

Diary of David Davies of the 10th New Hampshire Infantry from New London, NH. [70] manuscript pages. 12mo, original limp cloth; minor wear. Begins with service in Washington, where he visits tourist sites; his medical discharge; and his return to New Hampshire where he starts a school. 21 September 1862 to 19 November 1863.

Diary of Edward Alva Greene (born 1843), formerly of the 50th New York Engineers, from Waterloo, NY. [120] manuscript pages. 160, original limp cloth; marginal vermin damage without loss of text. Short entries describing life in an unidentified regiment, followed by a return to civilian life as a farmer. January to December 1865.

Diary of Riley R. Cook of the 3rd Wisconsin Infantry. [85] manuscript pages. 12mo, original limp calf; minor wear. Describes training near Darlington and Dodgeville, WI, a farewell reception at Fond du Lac. At least one mention of Col. Thomas Ruger, later an important figure in reconstruction; tintype photograph mounted within. January to December 1861.

Diary of Louis L. Herriman of the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry. [22] manuscript pages. Tall 12mo, original calf, front board and first 2 leaves detached. In training camp, then in hospital with a bad back; ends on furlough. He died in Wisconsin that year. January to March 1862.

And 3 civilian diaries from the war era:

Diary by an unidentified author noting the New York Draft Riots. [62] manuscript pages. 16mo, original limp calf; minor wear. The name B.J. Cohen appears on the rear flyleaf, but is apparently not the author. January to December 1863.

Diary of Charles F.H. Roemer. [76] manuscript pages. Tall 16mo, original limp cloth; minor wear. A civilian notes the major battles and events of the last year of the war, the assassination of Lincoln, and the capture of Booth and his associates. Visits his homeland of Germany at end of war, and then returns to Chicago. January to December 1865.

Diary of Charles Adolphus Lund (1845-1864) of Raymond, WI, written just before his enlistment. 58 manuscript diary pages, plus many other pages of later memoranda by family members. 8vo, original limp calf, worn; missing some later memorandum leaves. The son of a Norwegian immigrant, he kept this detailed diary of civilian farm life for three months before his war service, giving it to his sister upon his departure. He enlisted in the 22nd Battery, Ohio Light Infantry, on 22 February 1864 and died three weeks later; his family's later notes attribute his death to smallpox. Later family entries include school essays, genealogical notes, account memoranda, a bit of an 1880 diary, and commentary through the 1950s. Diary, 2 June to 2 September 1863.