US CIVIL WAR 1862 BAYONET MANUAL WITH BEAUTIFUL INSCRIPTION BY 125TH PENNSYLVANIA OFFICER WOUNDED AT ANTIETAM

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The title of the manual is “MANUAL OF BAYONET EXERCISE: PREPARED FOR THE USE OF THE ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES” by George B. McClellan and printed by order of the War Department by J. B. Lippincott & Co. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1862.

Hardbound book is covered in dark brown cloth with a spread-winged eagle embossed on the front and back. Title in worn gold on the spine. Covers show very light wear at corners.

Binding is good. Pages show light foxing and surface dirt from age.

Volume meas. 5.00 x 7.50 inches and runs 118 pages with 24 plates at the back.

Front blank page has a beautifully written period ink ID of “W. F. MARTIN 2ND LT., COM. A. 125 REGT. PENNA. VOL., MUSTERED IN JULY 24TH 1862, BY CAPT. W. B. LANE.”

Wilbur Fiske Martin was born on February 25, 1840. Records show that he was residing in Blair County working as a dentist when he was commissioned 2nd lieutenant in Company A, 125th Pennsylvania Infantry on August 10, 1862. He was severely wounded in the arm at Antietam on September 17, 1862 and promoted to captain on May 4, 1863. He was mustered out with his regiment at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on May 18, 1863.

Martin died June 27, 1865 and is buried in Grandview Cemetery in Tyrone, Pennsylvania.

A copy of an image of Martin found online is included above.   [ad][ph:L]

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