“ABRAHAM LINCOLN VISITED US ESCORTED BY MCCLELLAN & OTHER GENS. OF THE ARMY. HE WAS RECEIVED WITH GREAT FEELING BY THE TROOPS”
(CIVIL WAR) EDGERLY, James B. Civil War Diary. No place, 1861-62. Two volumes.
Rare 1861-62 Civil War diary in two volumes by James B. Edgerly of the 5th New Hampshire Volunteers, who was involved in intense front-line action during the Seven Days Battles in Virginia of June 25-July 1, 1862, between the Union forces led by General McClellan and Confederate forces under General Lee, with mentions of seeing Abraham Lincoln on a visit to camp less than a week after the Seven Days Battles—"he was received with great feeling by the troops"—as well as visits by Generals McClellan and Sumner at several points, and a mention of seeing the U.S.S. Monitor, "a very unassuming looking craft." A very clear and legible diary kept by an observant soldier whose regiment participated in several key battles in the summer of 1862. $6500.