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.
|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)