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Geer, Harvey M.]
MANUSCRIPT DAILY JOURNAL KEPT BY HARVEY M. GEER OF TROY, NEW YORK, DURING THE FINAL YEAR OF THE CIVIL WAR, WITH PASSAGES ON LEE'S SURRENDER, LINCOLN'S ASSASSINATION AND FUNERAL PROCESSION, AND MORE, AS WELL AS NUMEROUS MENTIONS OF LOCAL BASEBALL]
[Troy, N.Y, 1865. [129]pp., approximately 30,000 words. Small quarto. Contemporary pre-printed daily journal, half calf and marbled boards, printed label on front board. Boards worn and rubbed, spine ends and corners worn. Front hinge detached, rear hinge just starting. Quite neat and easily readable, and in very good condition internally. An interesting homefront diary kept by a schoolboy named Harvey M. Geer of Troy, New York during the last year of the Civil War. Geer filled the available space for each and every day during 1865, reporting on school, piano lessons, recreation time, visits to nearby towns, visits from family and friends, and numerous other activities. In early July, he attended a performance of "George Christy's minstrels" and in September, he saw "Dan Bryant's minstrels." The most important entries pertain to Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, President Lincoln's assassination, seeing the president's coffin in Albany during the funeral procession on April 26, and numerous entries of Harvey and his friends playing baseball. Notable entries include: April 3: "This morning we heard news that the Rebels had evacuated Petersburgh and that we had captured Richmond. In this evenings times the Mayor requested the citizens of Troy to illuminate their dwelling. The larger portions of the city was illuminated and it looked very fine indeed." April 10: "Today we got news in this city at least that General Lee had been captured, and all of his army had surrendered to General Grant. This noon while the Troy City Artillery were firing a salute in honor of the goo … [Click Below for Full Description]
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