IDENTIFIED NEW TESTAMENT CARRIED BY GEORGE L. BEACH, 10th CONNECTICUT INFANTRY

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George L. Beach served in Co. K of the 10th Connecticut Infantry and was wounded at Fort Darling 16 May 1864. He enlisted at East Haven, CT, and mustered in as a private 16 November 1863. He survived his wound and served to the end of the war, mustering out 25 August 1865. When Beach enlisted the regiment was part of the 10th Army Corps serving in the Department of the South and the Army of the James. In late 1864 it became part of the 24th Army Corps. During Beach’s service with the regiment it saw action and took casualties of some sort on some fifty occasions according to Civil War data, including Drewry’s Bluff, Fort Darling (where Beach was wounded,) Bermuda Hundred, Deep Bottom, the Siege of Petersburg, Darbytown Road, etc. Their wartime losses were severe: 13 officers and 109 enlisted men were either killed outright or mortally wounded.

Beach’s New Testament was printed in London in 1861. There is a delicately written ink inscription on the flyleaf, “Presented by your Mother” on the flyleaf. Beach himself used a stencil twice to put his name and unit on the same page, wrote it by hand inside the front cover, and twice inside the back cover as well. He was taking no chances on losing it. The volume is in good condition, with just minor scuff to the cover, and is closed by a small brass clasp.

Beach, born 21 April 1848, died on 30 November 1932, and is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery in East Haven, Ct.  This is a nicely identified Civil War pocket bible carried by soldier in an active regiment.  [SR]

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