Rare and Important Confederate Imprinted Id’d Bullet Struck Bible
Rare and Important Confederate Imprinted Id’d Bullet Struck Bible: This New Testament, printed for the Augusta Confederate States Bible Society by Wood, Hanletter Rice & Co. in Atlanta, Ga. in 1862, was carried by Morris Church (Carroll County, Va.) resident Thomas Cox (or Cocke, Cock according to variant spellings, utilized both by him and Company records), of Co. A, 21st Virginia Infantry (formerly the Red House Volunteers from Charlotte County, Virginia).
Thomas Cock(e), according to H.E. Howard’s 21st Virginia regimental history, enlisted in Co. A on June 20, 1861. He was wounded and captured at the Battle of Monocacy, near Frederick, Maryland, on July 9, 1864. Cock(e) died, presumably , from the effects of the wound, on August 15, 1864, in Baltimore, Md. and was subsequently buried in Loudon Park Cemetery, in Baltimore. This rare Confederate imprint exhibits a bullet hole in the binding; in addition, its pages contain the following period annotations:
Cover: “THOMAS COX / MORRIS CHURCH/ CARROLL COUNTY/VA
CO. A / 21 / VA”
Inside Cover: “I was with Thos. Cox when he died _ he was willing _ & appear ready
to leave this world for a better one to come.
w.m. / West’s Hospital / Baltimore
Title Page: “Mr. Thos. Cox (4 times)
Co. A 21 st Va “
End of Psalms: “Thomas Cock
Co. A 21 Va / Regment (sic)”
Inside Back Cover: “Give (illegible) this ring ___ was taken from his finger …. by his
request for his wife. H.S. Shepherd”
Pages 158-165: “The ball that struck this book entered my left brest (sic) and came
out of right — it saved instant death & will be the means of of
saving my soul. Thomas Cox Blessed are the dead that die
in the Lord.”
Page 303: “Thomas Cox died August 16th, 1864, at West’s Building Hospital Balto
Md 8-30 P.M.”
Page 2 (Psalms): “Christopher Columbus Harry Wood was borned (sic) May the
13 – 1845
Matthew C. Wells was born the 27th January 1828 & was married
the 10 march 1855 21st Va Regt Co I from Pittsylvania County.”
Note: Matthew C. Wells surrendered at Appomattox C.H.
H. Shepherd Smith, born in 1838, enlisted in Co. B of the 2nd Va. Infantry on June 18, 1861, at Winchester, Va. Smith was captured during the Battle of Gettysburg, on July 3, 1863 and detailed, by his Union captors, to attend to the sick in Federal hospitals in Gettysburg, on July 4, 1863, then transferred to the U.S. General Hospital, West’s Building, in Baltimore. Apparently, Smith remained there until he took the Oath of Allegiance, to the U.S., on March 16, 1865. It is apparent from the inscriptions in this Bible, that Smith was attending to Private Cox as he declined and ultimately died.
This Bible represents an extraordinary opportunity to obtain a definitively, bullet struck and identified artifact from a significant Civil War battle. In addition, the poignancy of the inscriptions is simply incredible, coupled with the seeming interplay between the dying Thomas Cox and the POW and medical attendant H.S. Shepherd.
The Bible remains in overall good condition and comes with voluminous research, as well as a custom-made, high quality conservation box. This is indeed one of the finer artifacts we have had the honor to put up for sale. SOLD