CIVIL WAR DIARIES.
Group of Civil War diaries, in pen and pencil, in 6 leatherette pocket journal volumes, condition varies, general wear and rubbing.
1. Sketchbook of George Miller, U.S. Navy Landsman. With 20 pencil sketches, some with color, including views of Fort Charlestown and Fort Sumter and two pages of naval ensigns. The text is mostly addresses and other lists. There is a list of fatalities during a crossing at Georgetown Bar, South Carolina, March 6, 1865.
2. Diaries of Laban J. Brown for January 1, 1865 to May 12, 1865 and of his wife Maria A. Brown for January 1, 1865 to April 23, 1865 (2 volumes). Laban Brown was a soldier in private in the NY 109th Infantry and saw much action. He describes many skirmishes plus the Battle of Fort Stedman (March 25), the fall of Petersburg (April 2) and APPOMATTOX: "Charges in front of battery 25, took six forts ... took 600 prisoners ... our loss light" (April 9, 1865). His wife's journal shows deep grief at Lincoln's assassination: "Poor uncle Abe President was shot and died ... only soon catch the villain and burn him, what shall we do ... feel very miserable .. read a letter from Labe [Laban] feel not much better."
3. Diary of Morton S. Balcom of the Connecticut 11th Infantry, for January to June, 1864. Balcom sailed to New Haven aboard the Constitution; on March 27 he sailed on the Daniel Webster for Williamsburg. He witnessed two men executed for desertion. He saw much skirmishing while advancing towards Petersburg.
4. Diaries of Jonathan Ide of the 6th Wisconsin Battery, for the whole of 1862 and October 1863 to June 1864 (2 volumes). Ide describes action near Chattanooga, New Madrid and Island Ten.