Confederate soldier's Bible
|Description||Cloth-bound Bible given to Dr. Albert Enos Higbee of the 12th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, Company B, by Fred C. Cook. Cook's father found the bible on the body of Frank A. Gassett, a Private with the 6th Georgia Regiment, after the battle of Antietam (September 17, 1862). An accompanying newspaper clipping from the St. Paul Globe gives an embellished description of the discovery. Written on the page following the clipping is: "F. A. Gassett / Butler, Georgia / or Sidertown" and, on the opposite page, "Direct your letter / to [F] Wm Gassett / Wm Gassett / Sadatown / Ga / [...]". Written on the Bible's fly leaf is: "June 4th, 1862 / God of Mercy / Rember us in this day of truble" and opposite it, "A Testament / April / 27th 1862 / F A. Gassett / Book / 1862" and, upside down, "New Kint Co. / May 18th 1862".
|Format||Content Category: artifacts
|Measurements||4 5/8 inches length
3 inches width
15/16 inch depth
Used by: Gassett, Private Franklin A.
Confederate States of America, Army, Georgia Infantry Regiment, 6th, Company G
Used by: Higbee, Dr. Albert Enos
United States, Army, Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, 12th (1861-1865), Company B
Used during Civil War
Used in Butler, Taylor County, Georgia, United States
Used during Antietam, Battle of
Used in Wisconsin, United States
Used in Minnesota, United States
Military. 1861-1865 (Civil & Indian Wars). Equipment & Supplies
|Dates||Creation: Exactly 1851 Publication date, American Bible Society, New York.
Use: Not earlier than 1861 - Not later than 1865
Content: Exactly 04/27/1862 Date written in bible by Gassett.
Content: Exactly 05/11/1862 Date written in bible by Gassett two days before muster rolls record his enrollment with the 6th GA (5/13/1862); reason for this date is unclear
Content: Exactly 05/18/1862 Date written in bible by Gassett, five days after his enrollment in the 6th GA; possibly his arrival date in New Kent Co, VA, where he was sent to meet the regiment, which had been involved in the May 5 Battle of Williamsburg.
Content: Exactly 06/04/1862 Date written in bible by Gassett, followed by "God of Mercy / Rember us in this day of truble". The regiment participated in the Battle of Seven Pines (6/1/1862); this is possibly a reflection on Gasset's first battlefield experience.
Discovery: Exactly 09/17/1862 Battle of Antietam; bible taken from Gassett by Cook, who wrote this date in the bible.
|Holding Type||3D Objects|