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Identified Pocket Bible to an Ohio Soldier (SOLD)

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This is another great item being offered, it is a Civil War soldier’s Pocket Bible carried by a Ohio soldier. It measures 4 3/4" x 3" x 1". 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 New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: Translated out of The Original Greek; 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 "1864".

Period stenciling inside the back cover reads “JASPER WRIGHT / CO. K. 168. O.N.G.”  Wright enlisted in the 168th Ohio (a 100-day unit) in May of 1864 and mustered out in September of 1864. This late war regiment, did engage a Confederate force near Covington, Kentucky at the Battle of Cynthiana, in June of 1864, sustaining several casualties (see period illustration). The bulk of their remaining service entailed guard duty at various locales in the Midwest.

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.

The bible is complete and shows signs of extended use. There is a period reinforcement or repair to the outer spine but still not bad for being over 150 years old. In my recent book “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items”, I show similar examples and go into more detail about the importance of religion to the Civil War soldier (see pictures). 

Take advantage to add this unique identified piece to your Civil War collection....it would go great in a display of a soldiers personal effects. No doubt Private Wright turned to this bible for comfort during his time of need. A copy of his records is included. 

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