PERSONAL MILITARY AND CIVIL HISTORY WITH HISTORIC REFERENCE, OWNED BY PETER R. COLLUM, 17TH PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY

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This book was compiled with the purpose of being presented to a Union veteran, as a keepsake for him to pass down to his family.  It features decorative pages with areas to fill in with photographs, military records, personal memoirs and family lineage. Book is divided into four sections. Part one gives the history of the Union veteran organizations including G.A.R., part two lists the subdivisions in the Union Army by each state, part three list all of the battles and engagements, and part four has information on soldier’s pensions. Book features several nice lithograph images of leaders from American history.

Cover is brown cloth with gold gilt lettering and designs. Edges are gold gilt which has retained its brightness. Book measures 6 ½” x 8 ¾” x 5/8”. Pages have lightly yellowed with age. Corners are bent. Binding is tight and all pages are present.

Book was the property of Union veteran Peter R. Collum. He was a resident of Wayne County, Pennsylvania. On September 22, 1862 he enlisted as a Private into Co. “M”, 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry. He mustered out on June 16, 1865. Collum hand inscribed his name onto the Certificate of Membership certificate in the book.

The 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry was one of three cavalry regiments furnished by the state under the President’s call of July 2, 1862. It was recruited from the state at large, rendezvoused at Camp Simmons, Harrisburg, and was mustered into service during September, October and November 1862 for three years. The unit engaged in many battles, including- Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, Trevillian Station, Cedar Creek and Petersburg. In parting with the regiment, Gen. Devin said: "In five successive campaigns, and in over three score engagements, you have nobly sustained your part.  Of the many gallant regiments from your state none has a brighter record, none has more freely shed its blood on every battlefield from Gettysburg to Appomattox.  Your gallant deeds will be ever fresh in the memory of your comrades of the Iron Brigade and the First Division.  Soldiers, Farewell."  [sm]

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