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Civil War era Soldier’s Pocket Bible, dated “1855”


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This is another nice item being offered, it is a Civil War Soldier’s Pocket Bible. It measures 4 1/2" x 3" x 1 3/4" and has the wrap-around leather exterior. This size made it easy for a soldier to carry it in his knapsack or coat pocket. (There are actually examples of these bibles which stopped bullets in battle). The title page reads "THE HOLY BIBLE, containing the Old and New Testaments, Translated out of The Original Tongues: and with the former translations diligently compared and revised’. At the bottom of the page is "`NEW YORK: American Bible Society, Instituted in the year 1816", and the printing date at the bottom "1855".

Bibles were distributed to Union and Confederate soldiers by the American Bible Society, in continuation of a tradition begun by the Army and Navy in 1817. The Civil War posed a real dilemma to the New York based society; continuing to distribute bibles to its auxiliaries in the Confederate states, despite its opposition to slavery. A splinter Confederate States' Bible Society was formed, but the American Bible Society continued to cross battle lines on both sides, distributing more than 3,000,000 bibles before the end of the war.

This bible remains in nice condition for being 165 years old, the covers are intact, and it is complete. In “The Fighting Men of the Civil War”, by William Davis, there are examples of bibles carried by soldiers (see pictures). Religion was very important to many soldiers and I discuss it in my recent book "The Civil War Soldier - His Personal Items".

Take advantage to add this unique piece to your Civil War collection – it would go great in a display of a soldiers personal effects. There is a chance that some soldier turned to this bible for comfort during his time of need.

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