UNION OFFICER’S AUTOGRAPH ALBUM- CAPTAIN FRANK B. SHALTERS, CO. “H”, 88TH PENNYSYLVANIA VOLUNTEERS

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Owner inscription in ink, front endpapers—“Frank B. Shalters Jr. / Lieut. Co. H / 88th Regt. P.V.” Published by J.B. Lippincott, Philadelphia, n.d.70-some pages, rebound in maroon cloth, 8.875” x 6, w/original leather covers and spine laid on, blind-stamped w/gilt cover lettering, & gilt edges. Exhibits light wear and rubbing at the extremities. Else VG.

This autograph album contains, along with some introductory poetry, 75 entries including 35 officers of the 88th, 99th, 36th, & 79th Pennsylvania Infantry, along with officers of the 18th, 32nd, 29th, 23rd, 26th, 54th, and 40th New York, and the 3rd New Jersey, and the 3rd and 5th Maine. Also, in protective sheath, 7” x 4.5, a dinner program from the “Appomattox Day Dinner/at the Union League / Saturday, April 5th, 1913.”

A resident of Berks County, PA, Frank B. Shalters enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant in Co. “H”, 88th PA Infantry, 9/14/1861. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant, 5/7/1862, the to Captain, 9/1/1862, and was wounded at Fredericksburg, 12/13/1862. He resigned from service 4/10/ 1863.

The 88th PA Infantry was organized at Philadelphia in September 1861, and mustered out of service, June 30, 1865. Commencing with the Battle of Cedar Mountain, Aug. 9, 1862, the 88th PA participated in all the important engagement of the Army of the Potomac, including Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Mine run and the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, et al, through Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. During service it lost 181 men killed and a 72 by disease for a total of 181.

Fine Pennsylvania regimental collectible. Invites further research.  [JP]

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