Civil War Pocket Testament – Id’d to Ohio Vol. Inf. Soldier


Civil War Pocket Testament – Id’d to Ohio Vol. Inf. Soldier – This is a typical, Civil War period pocket testament, carried by a Ohio soldier. The American Bible Society, headquartered in New York in the 1850s, provided the first Bibles in hotels and the first pocket Bibles for soldiers during the American Civil War. We have had several examples of this type of pocket testament; this example is in fair condition; its two boards are present, but barely attached; the Bible’s spine cover is not present. Stenciled on the inside of the back board is “Jasper Wright   CO. K. 168. O.N.G.”, in bold, dark ink. 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, KY, in June of 1864, sustaining several casualties. The bulk of the 168th’s remaining service entailed guard duty at various locales in the Midwest.

 Jasper Wright

Residence was not listed; 26 years old. Enlisted on 5/2/1864 as a Private. On 5/18/1864 he mustered into “K” Co. OH 168th Infantry He was Mustered Out on 9/8/1864 at Camp Dennison, OH

 168th OH Infantry ( 100 days) 

Organized: Camp Dennison, OH on 5/19/64 Mustered Out: 9/8/64 at Camp Dennison, OH Officers Killed or Mortally Wounded: 0 Officers Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 0

Enlisted Men Killed or Mortally Wounded: 11 Enlisted Men Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 8



One Hundred and Sixty-eighth Infantry. – Col., Conrad Garis; Lieut.-Col., George W. Barrere; Maj., Emery C. Newton. This regiment was organized at Camp Dennison, from May 12 to September 19, 1864, to serve for 100 days.  It was composed of the 66th battalion, Ohio National Guard, from Highland county; 67th battalion, from Fayette county; and one company of the 35th battalion, from Clarke county.  On June 9 it proceeded to Covington, Ky., and moved down the Covington & Lexington railroad. Co. B, with 20 men from Co. G, was detached at Falmouth to guard the railroad bridge, and at other points companies were stationed to protect the road.  On June 10 a detachment of 300 occupied Cynthiana.  At 6 o’clock on the morning of June 11 a large force of Confederate cavalry moved against the town, in which engagement the regiment lost 7 men killed, 18 wounded and 280 captured.  That portion of the regiment under command of Maj. Newton remained in Kentucky until July 10, when it was ordered to Camp Dennison to join the paroled prisoners.  It was then sent to Cincinnati, where it performed guard duty until mustered out on Sept. 8, 1864.