Three diaries by George W. Johnson, who enlisted as a 2nd lieutenant in June 1861 in the 11th Ohio Infantry. The diaries span his service from January 1862 to his resignation in December 1863, where he saw action at 2nd Manassas, South Mountain, Antietam, Stones River, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga. The diaries are filled with graphic war content. In one entry re recounts that “skeletons and parts of bodies were scattered all around. Some of our dead had their heads cut off and stuck up on stakes and rider fences. Some had their privates cut off and put into their mouths.” Anoth entry recounts the color bearer of the regiment, James B. Bell, wounded five times at Missionary Ridge and awarded the Medal of Honor. “Our color bearer James B. Bell was struck down 5 times and as after the same were picked up and carried on recovering Bell run up and resumed his position he was struck with pieces of shell nothing injured except his left hand which is shattered badly with a musket ball.” The diaries contain various sketches and hand drawn battlefield maps. These are some of the best wartime diaries that we have had the pleasure to offer for sale.
George W. Johnson - 35 years old. Enlisted on 6/19/1861 as a 2nd Lieutenant. On 6/20/1861 he was commissioned into "K" Co. OH 11th Infantry. He Resigned on 12/23/1863. Promotions: 1st Lieut 1/9/1862. Capt 9/17/1862. Intra Regimental Company Transfers: 1/9/1862 from company K to company A. 9/17/1862 from company A to company K.
Comes housed in a 12 x 16 inch display case with red velvet backing and descriptive card.
Inventory Number: IDE 157 / SOLD