POCKET BIBLE IDENTIFIED TO RILEY SALMONS, 14TH NY INFANTRY & 14TH NY HEAVY ARTILLERY

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This small bible measures 3” x 4.75” and was published by the American Bible Society in 1862. On the inside front cover a paper label from the “Bible House, Baltimore” was pasted in and information completed in brown ink with Riley’s specifics and who to notify “should I die on the battle field or in hospital…and where my remains may be found.”

It is written twice that he received this on October 22, 1862. Likely when in the hospital as he was discharged from the 14th Infantry for disability on December 12, 1862 in Baltimore.

Another ink inscription with his name and hometown is found on the inside back cover.

The text pages of the book are in fine condition with foxing seen only on the outside edges. The black cloth cover features an impressed geometric design. The spine has “TESTAMENT” stamped in gold. The binding remains strong, but the cover has split at the front hinge much of way. It was unprofessionally repaired using black tape.

Riley H. Salmons enlisted on May 7, 1861 at Turin, NY as a Private in Company I, 14th New York Infantry. He was discharged for disability in December of 1862. He enlisted again on October 18, 1863 at Utica, NY as a Private in Company E, 14th New York Heavy Artillery. He mustered out of that regiment on August 26, 1865.

A nicely inscribed Civil War soldier’s testament.  [jet] [ph:L]

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