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1868 Handwritten Civil War Vets Diary Elmira Chemung New York/85th Ny Regiment For Sale
CIVIL WAR DIARY
I am always pleased to offer diaries that are written by Veterans of the American Civil War. It's amazing to me to think about what these Soldiers endured while fighting, and and the emotional scars many of them must have carried through their lives following the War.
The Civil War Veteran who wrote this diary was a member of the 85th INFANTRY REGIMENT, NEW YORK. This is an actual, authentic handwritten diary, it is not a copy or INCREDIBLE 145 YEAR OLD handwritten antique diary / journal / manuscript book was written just three years after the American Civil War ended by a youngman who was namedJACOB V. SHAPPEE. He was born March 8, 1841, and his parents were Mary Van Gorder & Guy Maxwell Shappee. His siblings were: Ira ~ Martha ~ Maxwell ~ Jessee ~ Clarissa ~ Anna Mary. He was from the town of ELMIRA, CHEMUNG COUNTY, NEW YORK. He married Fannie J. Klock on April 14, 1863, and they had a daughter, Essie, born in 1889. Jacob enlisted in Big Flats, New York on September 9, 1864, and was a member of the 85th Infantry Regiment, New York. Here is a link that tells about was mustered out of service on June 27, 1865 at New Berne North Carolina.
Jacob came from a very patriotic family, two of his brothers also enlisted in the Civil War .... His brother, Maxwell, enlisted in Company 14 New York Infantry in the Army of the Potomac, and was wounded in the right hip at the Battle of Peach Tree Creek, July 20, 1864. His brother, Ira, enlisted in 1862, andwas a member of the 50th Engineers Regiment New York.I will be including to the winning buyer, copies of the Civil War & Census records that I found while reseaching Jacob. This is a VERY RARE One-Of-A-Kind Window Into New York& American History !!!Jacob Shappee filled this diary with his handwritten entries! He writes of his work as a leather tanner, and of his life in Elmira, NY. He seems to be quite close to his brother, Jessee, as he mentions him often, and of course he writes of his wife and other family members as well. He writes of local news and of many accidents to people in the community, and of catching a "nig*er" who was stealing! He writes of the Presidential election, and of Congress wanting to impeach President Johnson. He tells of many fires, including the American Hotel fire, and of going to an all-night party in Horsehead. He went shopping in the village, and even bought a hoop skirt & corset for his wife. And there is much more! This is a wonderful piece of Americana !!!
This wonderful early diary has365 handwritten entries, it measures approx. 3" x6" and it is in fair condition. The cover is missing the flap that wraps around the front cover, and the inside hinges of the binding are taped inside the front & back covers. The diary has no loose or missing pages, and the entries are handwritten in ink. Tucked between the pages are few pieces of ephemera.
PERHAPS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO DESCRIBE IT, IS TO TAKE A FEW EXCERPTS FROM IT: " ..... The weather still remains mild as yesterday. I have worked on the yard part of the day - Rachel Strutherds (?) was brot up before the ___ master for adultry .... Daniel Bettes was arrested for stealing hams, I believe he was sent to jail - Tom (?) Lambert was also arrested for the same offense .... Today was an election held to vote on an new engine, I believe it was defeated ..... Fannie & James went to Breesport yesterday to visit the poor house ..... Fannie was up to the Tanery today. There was a fire over in ___ last night, a crazy man set his house a fire .... They are trying very hard to impeach President Johnson This has been a pleasant day, I spent the day on the yard and rolling leather. Went to a vendue this noon up to Hoffmans. Thare was a fire last night, Broda's house, five buildings. On Railroad Street thare was a barn burned this evening .... Jessee and a friend came up to the shop, he is to start for the west tomorrow morning .... This has been a pleasant day - Went to a Theatre in ___ a minstrels troupe. Paid 25 cts, Thay give away 75 dollars every night ..... The sun rose pleasant this morning but it brought sorrow to many hearts. Thare was an awful railroad accident, happened on the New York & Elmira road near Port (?) Farms. Thare was seavan killed and a good many wounded .... Went up town, went to the depot to see the remains of Mrs. Decker ..... Thare was 30 persons killed and 100 wounded at the late railroad disaster .... Thare was a man sentenced to State prison for the term of 7 years for shooting Butler .... The Fentons have a grand ball tonight at Patison Hall, also the Philoramlines (?) have a concert at Opery Hall .... (July 4) To day is the great national day when independance was declaired to America. Thare was a great celebration here in Elmira with the Fireman and Oddfellows & Sons of Mormons (?) .... Thare is a democratic convention now in session in NY for nominating a President of the United States .... Horatio Seymour was nominated today for President of the United States Thare was a fire last night up on Walnut St. Thare was a man by the name of Gurnsey robbed last Saturday of gold watch. I arose this morning at an early hour, went up to the livery stabel and got a horse and a buggy to go to Breesport - went to take a note .... I have just returned from a political meeting at the Opery Hall, heard a man from Buffalo .... The weather still remains quite moderate. Thare has been a large party of young folks on the river for the last fun days of skating ..... "
Some of the names he mentions in the diary are: Tina Drake ~ Phoebe Hall ~ Jessee Monroe ~ Dr. Gleason ~ Burdick ~ Stephen McDonald~ Daniel Murphey ~ Ira Shappee ~ and others!
Some of theplaces he mentions in the diary are: Horseheads ~ Millport ~ Corning ~ Williamsport ~ Chemung ~ Breesport ~ Clinton Island ~ Binghamton ~ and others!
The Towns / Cities / Villages / CommunitiesLocated InChemung County, New YorkAre: Ashland ~ Baldwin ~ Big Flats ~ Catlin ~ Chemung ~ Elmira ~ Erin ~ Horseheads ~ Veteran ~ Southport ~ Van Etten ~ Elmira Heights ~ Millport ~ Wellsburg ~ West Elmira ~ Horseheads North.Adjacent Counties Are: Schuyler County ~ Tompkins County ~ Tioga County ~ Bradford County PA ~ Tioga County PA ~ Steuben County
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1868 Handwritten Civil War Vets Diary Elmira Chemung New York/85th Ny Regiment: $203