Identified Civil War Soldier Prayer Book - Printed 1861

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 15, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House
Take a look at this fabulous Civil War item. You are viewing a very rare and early Civil War Book. The title of this little book is "The Civil War Soldier's Prayer Book." The book measures 4 3/8 inches tall by 3 inches wide and approximately 3/16 inches thick. This publication is in wonderful condition given it's age. T was obviously great care exercised when this book was used because it is still fully intact with great patina. T are several fascinating aspects to the research surrounding this item. First, I am sure the owner of this book was Israel A. Barber , born February 25, 1843 in the Hopkington, Rhode Island area. We know that because his name is written on the inside of the front cover. The second thing we know is that Israel A. Barber was in the Civil War. He enlisted in the 7th Rhode Island Infantry on August 12, 1862. Later, he mustered in the Union Army on September 4, 1862. The story doesn't end t It appears, that Private Israel A. Barber died on August 5, 1863, aboard a Hospital Boat on the Mississippi River. Inside the book, on the opposite page from w Union Soldier Barber's name appears is another name. That writing appears to be "Lucy Ann Phaland Barber 18 Markby the 2 1862." Although the second inscription is somewhat difficult to sort out I firmly believe that Lucy Ann Barber was Israel's mother. As you can deduct from the chronology of events, Israel didn't last long in the civil war. I don't know exactly what happened to Israel before his death, but further research or perhaps some family input might shed light on these events. Going back to his name that is written, you will also note, the last two words written were "so farwell." Did Israel know he was dying? How long had he been sick or when was he injured/wounded. This criteria would be interesting to know for sure but I will leave that up to the high bidder of this piece. About the little prayer book. Please note that it was published June 13, 1861. The foreward written by Alonzo Potter, the Bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, is wonderful. The book is complete and has pages numbered to 64, printed front and back. This is a great piece of early Americana or the Civil War, also known at the 'Great Rebellion." My scanned images are a fair representation of this overall item. Please understand, given the age of this item, you are buying 'as is.' Thanks for looking and good luck if you decide to bid. How can you pass up this great piece of history?