US CIVIL WAR 1862 POCKET TESTAMENT IDENTIFIED TO 38TH MASSACHUSTTS SOLDIER WHO DIED OF DISEASE

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Small New Testament meas. approx. 3.00 x 4.75 inches with embossed covers with raised scrollwork decoration.

Hardcovers are bound in brown cloth that shows minor edge wear. Spine is marked “TESTAMENT” in worn gold.

Testament was published by The American Bible Society of New York in 1862. Binding is good. Page edges are gold.

Inside the front cover is a full color US flag on a paper label that reads “PRESENTED BY THE NEW YORK BIBLE SOCIETY AUGUST 1862.”

First blank page has a period pencil inscription of “GEORGE R.” above another pencil inscription in another hand that reads “SIGNED, DIED/?? JUNE1863.”

The next blank page is again ID in period pencil “GEORGE R. JOSSELYN, WEST HANOVER, MASSACHUSETTS, OF CO. K 38TH REGT. MASS., VOLS.”

George R. Josselyn was born in Hanover, Massachusetts in 1834. He is listed as a 28 year old shoemaker when he enlisted as a private in Company K, 38th Massachusetts Infantry on August 12, 1862. At the time he was described as being 5’ 8 ¼ “ tall with blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion. He died of chronic diarrhea at Baton Rouge, Louisiana on September 7, 1863. He is buried there in Baton Rouge National Cemetery in grave #2238.

The 38th Massachusetts was organized in North Cambridge August 24, 1862 and served most of its time with the 19th Corps of the Union Army. They saw action at the siege of Port Hudson, Winchester, Fisher’s Hill, Cedar Creek and Goldsboro.  [ad][ph:L]

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