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Rowley, Hiram Curtis
WAR RECORD FOR 1863 [manuscript title]
[Whitestown, N.Y., 1863. 62pp. Small quarto. Contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spine ruled in gilt, all edges marbled. Minor scuffing to edges of boards. Mild occasional spotting to text. Near fine. An interesting Civil War-related journal kept by Hiram Curtis Rowley, a young college preparatory student in New York who would join the Union as a soldier the next year. Rowley's journal consists of his observations and thoughts over the course of the first three months of 1863 - a pivotal year for the Union Army in the Civil War. Here, Rowley records a wide range of military movements, battles and skirmishes, and occasionally his thoughts on contemporary social issues regarding the war. Rowley touches on war events from Virginia to Vicksburg, written in his own engaging style and with his unvarnished commentary on the events as he perceives them. In his first entry on January 1, Rowley comments on the Emancipation Proclamation, which took effect that day: "The promise of the twenty-second day of September is fulfilled! Emancipation has been declared! And every slave in the rebel states is hence forth free forever. Three millions of human beings who were heretofore chained down by the accursed institution of slavery are created men and women; never again to bow down before their masters and suffer the fiendish cruelties of the lash. This proclamation is a war measure and will weaken our enemies to a far greater extent than is generally supposed." Rowley then comments on Gen. Andrew Porter's actions on the Mississippi River on January 26: "A dispatch from … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]
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