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1870 Handwritten Civil War Vets Diary Elmira Chemung New York/85th Ny Regiment For Sale
1870 HANDWRITTEN CIVIL WAR VETERANS 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 reproduction!This AMAZING INCREDIBLE 143 YEAR OLD handwritten antique diary / journal / manuscript book was written just five years after the American Civil War ended by a young man who was named JACOB 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, and was 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. 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 the Negroes having a celebration. He writes of going to watch a Circus coming into town, and of attending G.A.R. meetings ... And there is much more! This is a wonderful piece of Americana !!!
This wonderful early diary has 364 handwritten entries, plus additional notations on the back pages including G.A.R. notes, and income & expenses. it measures approx. 3" x 5 3/4" and it has no loose or missing pages, and the entries are handwritten in ink. Tucked between the pages is a 1879 receipt, from Jarvis Klock and signed by Geo Brower.
HERE ARE A FEW EXCERPTS TAKEN FROM IT: " ..... There was a big fire in town last night, Harts big Dry Good Store ..... We held a meeting this evening for the purpose organizing a soldiers monument association ..... Was taken sick last evening at the Party, had to come home, was awful sick, did not get up today till 4 oclock pm. Jennie came down here this evening and Barnhart & Mother Klock ..... The trial of Dennis Cain is now being enacted in the Court House in this city, I went up to hear it .... I attended a meeting of the G.A.R. this eve. We have appointed G.L. Smith to deliver the Oration (?) on Decoration Day ..... There was a man hung himself yesterday .... Spent the day as usual in the shop. The Prisoners came very near Breaking Jail this morning ...... This has been a sad day for the community, the county clerk, Robbert F. Stewart, he died this morning at 55 minutes past 12 ..... The people are all looking for the great caravan and circus which is coming tomorrow ..... Went over in town this morning to see the big show come in, saw the large elephant and the little elephant, also a great many waggons of Wild Beasts .... We had a special meeting of the GAR this evening to make arrangements for the sociable ..... It blowed very hard this morning. The brick house belonging to the Tanery caught fire this forenoon but it was put out before much damage was done ..... "
Some of the names he mentions in the diary are: Harry Bogart ~ Helms ~ John Watson ~ Eve Smith ~ Mother Klock ~ George Slack ~ (Aunt) Nancy Smith ~ Averill ~ Covert ~ Stewart ~ Frank Frost ~ Martha Myers ~ and others!
Some of the places he mentions in the diary are: Horseheads ~ Ithaca ~ Elmira ~ Breesport ~ Little Falls ~ and others!
The Towns / Cities / Villages / Communities Located In Chemung County, New York Are: 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
DEALERS ARE WELCOME TO offer ON THIS ITEM, HOWEVER YOU ARE offerDING ON THE ITEM AND NOT ON THE RIGHTS TO COPY MY DESCRIPTION. COPYRIGHT LAWS & RULES FORoffer THIS DESCRIPTION OR FORMAT TO BE COPIED IN FULL OR IN PART FOR RESALE PURPOSES.
** PLEASE NOTE ** - Unlike many other sellers, I do not sell my diaries outside of the USA. It greatly saddens me, as I know it does many of you, when I see these one-of-a-kind American treasures being sent away to other countries.I try to do my part in keeping them and the invaluable historical information that they hold right here in America where they belong! I believe that those who have written these incredible diaries would have wanted it this way! I'm so thankful for those of you who are Patriotic and feel the same way as I do, and I'm very grateful to everyone who offers on my diaries and supports my cause.The advantage to those of you who offer on my sales is that you are offerding only against USA buyers, rather than buyers from all over the world, so there is less competition to win great diaries!I appreciate those of you who show your support and offer on the diaries that I sell, Thank you so very much!
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I ONLY SELL ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC ITEMS, I NEVER SELL COPIES OR REPRODUCTIONS. PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME TO LOOK UP WHAT IS WRITTEN ABOUT SPECIFIC PEOPLE OR EVENTS, DUE TO THE NUMBER OF REQUESTS I RECEIVE, AND WORKING 80+ HOURS A WEEK, I SIMPLY DO NOT HAVE THE TIME TO LOOK UP THIS INFORMATION. ALSO, PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME TO SCAN PORTIONS OF THE DIARY AFTER THE sale HAS ENDED, NOR TO CONTACT THE WINNING buyer ON YOUR BEHALF. IF YOU WANT SPECIFIC INFORMATION THAT THE DIARY HOLDS, THEN PLEASE offer ON IT.
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1870 Handwritten Civil War Vets Diary Elmira Chemung New York/85th Ny Regiment: $76