BLOODSTAINED U.S. INFANTRY TACTICS BOOK, FOUND AT SHILOH ON THE BODY OF UNIDENTIFIED SOLDIER, LIKELY OF COMPANY “C”, 6TH IOWA INFANTRY

$2,250.00 SOLD

Quantity Available: None

Item Code: 1179-511

Front EPS inscription in ink “found on the body.” On front fldg. diagram, opposite title page, in pencil: “Lieut. A.B. Harris,” in pencil (twice). Rear eps inscription, in ink: “Found on the body of Lieut. (Capt.) Harris. Killed at Pittsburg Landing. By my mother and given to me / Henry D. Foster.” On opposite page, in pencil, “Lieut. A.B. Harris / Capt. A.B. Harris.” Between the two Harris inscriptions in a penciled name (Lined out)…”Capt. D.M. Stump / Co. “C”/ 6th Iowa Infantry.”

After researching the names in the front and rear eps, it has become obvious that the book owner was not Captain Abraham B. Harris, Co. “C”, 6th Iowa Infantry, because this officer survived the battle and resigned his commission, 1/2/1863. Nor could the owner have been the other name appearing on the rear eps, Captain David M. Stump, because this officer was cashiered from the army, 2/12/1862 and his name in the book is lined out. It seems probable that the body on which the book was found was one of the company “C” enlisted men killed in the battle, though it would have been highly unusual for an enlisted soldier to be carrying former Capt. Stump’s Tactics manual. Invites further research.

The book is the standard U.S. Tactics pocket size tactics book, published by J.B. Lippincott, Phila., PA, 1861. 350 pp., fldg. Diagram. In brown buckram, spine cover missing, page signatures tight. Covers worn at the extremities, heavily worn at the corners. The soaked blood—rusty red, w/purple tinge at edges of stains, is obvious in the eps, the front endpapers especially.

Assigned to McDowell’s Brigade, Sherman’s 5th Division, Army of the Tennessee, the Sixth Iowa was heavily engaged at Shiloh, suffering 64 killed, 100 wounded and 47 missing for a total of 211.

An extraordinary, blood-soaked memento from Shiloh, from an Iowa regiment that fought desperately to staunch the collapse the Union right, 6 April 1862. Invites further research.    [JP][PH:L]

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

THIS ITEM, AS WITH ALL OTHER ITEMS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEB SITE,

MAY BE PURCHASED THROUGH OUR LAYAWAY PROGRAM.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR POLICIES AND TERMS.

THANK YOU!

Inquire About BLOODSTAINED U.S. INFANTRY TACTICS BOOK, FOUND AT SHILOH ON THE BODY OF UNIDENTIFIED SOLDIER, LIKELY OF COMPANY “C”, 6TH IOWA INFANTRY

For inquiries, please email us at [email protected]

featured item

GETTYSBURG SOUVENIR RELIC DESK SET

Made by John Goode. Mounted on a flat wooden plaque measuring 7 x 4 x .875”, with small dark front sticker label: “Gettysburg / July 1863.” The set contains a small, flower decorated inkwell, 1.25 x 1”, with “crystal” stopper-lid. Flanked… (M24195). Learn More »

Upcoming Events

27
Feb
Instagram