40th ANNIVERSARY BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG SOUVENIR WOODEN SOLDIER’S DIARY, FROM COLLECTION OF CORPORAL WILLIAM ZIEGLER, 87TH PA

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This very unique early Gettysburg souvenir is a block of wood shaped to look as a Civil War era leather covered diary with flap. Back of item shows two heart-shaped brass inlays in the center of four diamond-shaped wood inlays. Wood for inlays was acquired from various battlefields. There are several hand-written inscriptions, some which are illegible. The ones that are readable are, “GETTYSBURG / ANDERSONVILLE / SOUTH MOUTAIN, SEPTEMBER 14, 1862”.

William T. Ziegler was born in 1841. He enlisted as a private on September 2, 1861 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and was mustered into Co. “F”, 87th Pennsylvania Infantry on September 25, 1861 in York, Pennsylvania. He was wounded at Carter’s Wood in June of 1863. After the Mine Run Expedition, he was promoted to Corporal, then was soon captured and sent to Andersonville Prison for ten months. After his release at the end of the war, he resided in Gettysburg where he was active in G.A.R. activities.  [sl]

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