I don't know where to begin concerning this book. It is truly the saddest personal diary I have ever read and one can only imagine how the people who lived and died felt during this time.
Belonged to George B. Thrash of Orrville, Alabama. He begins his book by writing: Kind Readers when you turn the pages of this album, let thy gentle eye rest on this page. He further writes of hardships he will undergo in fighting for our freedom, liberty and our homes. He asks that whom so ever reads these pages will remember him who is now fighting for our all. He ends it with how he must leave Home Sweet Home for a far unknown & distant land. There is more on this page written by him....
Perhaps the saddest and most haunting writing of all is by his sister, Alabama. George and William both went to war. William was killed May 31, 1862 at Seven Pines. He was with the 5th Alabama Regiment. After he died, Alabama wrote a letter to her brother William. She speaks of how he has fought his last battle. No more will thou answer to roll calls or hear the booming of cannons and clashing of arms. There is so much more to this letter and breaks your heart to read. Some of the writing is smudged and there is no doubt in my mind, it is from tears that fell while writing this letter to her beloved brother.
There is a newspaper clipping about William and another soldier, Thomas P. Bradley from his town that died during that battle. Also a clipping of when the father of the house passed. Numerous other paper clippings are throughout the book. Tucked inside is a paper punch bookmark..
George Thrash, the original author of this diary died June 5th. 1864 at Howard's Grove Hospital in Richmond Va. He was buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond. He was also part of the 5th Alabama Regiment. He attended Auburn University in Alabama before the civil war and there are quite a few letters from friends/classmates.
The book is in nice condition considering it's age. The spine is very worn. The embossed leather cover and back is scarred but in nice condition. Both front and back read: Love's Offering. The first three pages have come loose of the book but the rest are still attached. It has numerous writings and well wishes from friends and family. As mentioned earlier, it has newspaper clippings tucked inside of various pages. The edge of the paper is gold gilt. Numerous engravings throughout the book.
Both a diary of sorts and a memoirs book with many notes from class mates pertaining to George Thrash's time at Auburn University leading up to his departure to fight in the war. Auburn University was the site where the Alabama troops were trained.
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Truly a treasure.....
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