NICE USED SET OF CASEY’S INFANTRY TACTICS ID'D TO THREE SOLDIERS FROM TWO DIFFERENT REGIMENTS – ONE WAS LATER A FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD BRIGADIER GENERAL

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Three volume set of “INFANTRY TACTICS FOR THE INSTRUCTION, EXERCISE AND MANEUVERS OF THE SOLDIER, COMPANY, LINE OF SKIRMISHERS, BATTALION, BRIGADE OR CORPS D’ARMEE” by Brigadier General Silas Casey published and adopted by the Union Army in August of 1862.

All three volumes have the same wear and dirt to the covers and interior surfaces showing these three volumes have been together for a long time. However, looking at the page edges Volume 2 has a little darker surface than volumes 1 and 3 and bears the name of a soldier from a different regiment. If these were mated together it was done long ago as evidenced by the exteriors being so similar. All volumes meas. approx. 3.50 x 5.50 inches with heavily worn green cloth covers with faded gold printing on the spines. Covers are not torn nor are they loose.

Each volume has numerous fold-out diagrams which all seem to be present though several are very worn and have some separations along the folds. All three bindings are good and the books can be used if desired.

Volume 1 is inscribed on the first page in period pencil “EPH. SHELLENBERGER, LOUISVILLE, KY JULY 4TH 1865” followed by a larger “1865.” Faintly visible in period ink on the inside front cover is “CO. E 82nd O.V.V.I.”

Volume 2 is marked twice inside the front cover and twice inside the back cover with an ink stamp that reads “J. GUMBINGER.” The first page also has a light period pencil inscription of “SERGT. J. GUMBINGER.”

Volume 3 is marked on the third page with a strong period ink inscription “LEONARD G. BURNS, 82nd O.V.V.I.”

Ephraim Shellenberger was born in New Springfield, Ohio on October 29, 1843. He enlisted first as a private in Company D, 61st Ohio Infantry on April 25, 1862. He rose to the rank of 1st sergeant and while he was in the 61st it fought at 2nd Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Resaca, Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta and Bentonville. On March 31, 1865 he was transferred to the 82nd Ohio holding the rank of 2nd lieutenant but he was never mustered in at that rank. He was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky on July 24, 1865. After the war he moved to North Lima, Ohio where he practiced his trade as a wagon and carriage maker. He died of apoplexy on February 10, 1915 and is buried in North Liam’s Mount Olivet Cemetery. Shellenberger is pictured on page 59 of “BUCKEYE BLOOD: OHIO AT GETTYSBURG” by Richard Baumgartner.

Leonard G. Burns was born May 29, 1844. At age 18 he enlisted as a private in Company F, 82nd Ohio Infantry on November 13, 1861. He was promoted to sergeant at an undisclosed date and to sergeant major on August 24, 1864. He received a commission as 1st lieutenant on June 24, 1865 and was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky on July 24, 1865. While he was with the regiment it saw action at McDowell, Cross Keys, 2nd Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wauhatchie, Missionary Ridge, Resaca, Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek and Bentonville. Burns died in Richland, Ohio on September 9, 1887 and is buried in Mansfield Cemetery. A postwar picture of Burns can be found on FINDAGRAVE.COM.

Jacob Gumbinger served with the 8th Missouri Infantry and later in the Florida National Guard rising to the rank of brigadier general. An online biography reads in part:

“…Jacob Gumbinger was born in Bergzathbern, Germany, on March 15th, 1840, and came to America at the age of thirteen and settled in Kentucky. At the outbreak of the war between the states, he enlisted In Company "H," Eighth Missouri Infantry. He was wounded at the capture of Fort Donaldson on February 15th, 1862, and was honorably discharged as Sergeant on June 26th, 1862, on account of wounds received.

Soon after the close of the war between the States he came to Jacksonville, and on August 11th. 1887, he enlisted in "Wilson's Battery," F. S. T., commissioned First Lieutenant of Field Artillery on July 22d, 1893: Captain, Field Artillery on March 27th, 1894; Major, Field Artillery, August 10th, 1899; transferred to Ordnance Department. Staff Officer, on March 22d. 1907. Retired with rank of Brigadier General on January 28th 1914…”

Gumbinger died in January of 1920 in Jacksonville, Florida and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery there.  [ad] [ph:L]

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