[N.p., likely Hammonton, N.J.]: 1916. 80pp., including five hand-tipped photographic plates. Original brown textured calf, gilt. Edges sunned and mildly worn. Small tape stains on pastedowns. Very good. Item #WRCAM54573
A presentation copy of a previously unrecorded Civil War memorial book produced by Mary J.S. Moore, and inscribed by her on the front flyleaf in the month of publication. Almost certainly produced in a very limited run, likely for family members and friends, Moore created the book "containing the diary, letters and relics regarding Gilbert LaFayette Smith and Elnathan Haskell Smith, soldiers in the Union Army in the War of the Rebellion, 1864, reproduced from the originals in possession of Mary J.S. Moore and printed as a memorial to her brothers." The text reproduces Gilbert LaFayette Smith's Civil War pocket diary and account book in type facsimile, including emendations as they appeared in the original. Also includes letters to and from the brothers during their service, an 1866 death notice for Gilbert that also mentions Elnathan's earlier death during the War (and the fact that he enlisted at age 15), and reproductions of an envelope and books carried by the brothers during the conflict. The photographic plates include the boys' childhood homes, portraits of each of them, their gravestones, and a reproduction of the front cover of the pocket New Testament that stopped a bullet from entering Gilbert's chest at the Battle of the Wilderness. A solemn production assembled by a long-grieving sister, who lost two brothers during the Civil War, both of whom died of complications from wounds suffered on the battlefield.