Leatherbound New Testament belonging to Confederate Sgt. J.H. Martin and used during his Civil War service with the 7th Tennessee Infantry, Company D, inscribed with his name and inside front cover along with the date August 22, 1863. Later inscription in frontspiece: Sam Anderson from J.H. Martin Christmas 1898. The 7th Tennessee saw heavy action in several major battles of the Civil War. Martin appears to have used the Bible as an occasional diary; scattered throughout the Bible are pencil written notes. Lot contains an old typewritten transcription of the notes including: Nov. 27th í63- Bob Isby was badly wounded today. May __ 1864- Left of Spotsylvania Company Infantry Hancockís Corps artillery advancing. Heathís Division is bound to fight again today. Fall in! Here we go. May 5, 1864- Plank Road too much racket in front for nothing . Old Bob and Jeb Stuart are looking fine today. I hope we will do Grant as we did Meeker and company. The firing is getting worse. May 6, 1864 ñ After fighting yesterday and two hours this morning we have moved to the right will rest awhile. At the suggestion of General will cut his division. Gave there cheers for Archer Brigade yesterday of GenlÖ. Ray Rogers Hearn and McClendon wounded. None of Co. killed. 7 conscripts captured. Very easily captured. White Oak Swamp June 17 í64: Clay Polls on Picket Mch 1865. April 1, 1865: On Picket in front of a free Negro battery 4 pm at City Point a Prisoner. The day of my life what can Gen. Lee do with his army cut in two. April 3 (1865): City Point Prisoners are coming in by thousands Lee must be retreating. Bible published by Oxford University Press 1863 and measures 4-1/2? x 2-1/2?. Provenance: descended in the family of Samuel Anderson, Lebanon, Tenn. Condition: Significant wear to spine and edges, front cover nearly detached from spine, toning and some staining to pages.
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