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    Casey’s Infantry Tactics Identified to Jacob Gumbinger 8th Missouri Infantry - Inventory Number:  HIS 146

    Infantry Tactics, for the Instruction, Exercise, and Maneuvers of the Soldier, a Company, Line of Skirmishers, Battalion, Brigade, or Corps D’Armee Volume 2 by Silas Casey. Published in 1862 by D. Van Nostrand, New York. The manual is marked twice inside the front cover and twice inside the back cover with an ink stamp that reads “J. GUMBINGER.” The first page also has a light period pencil inscription of “SERGT. J. GUMBINGER.” Jacob Gumbinger served with the 8th Missouri Infantry and later in the Florida National Guard rising to the rank of brigadier general. He was born in Bergzathbern, Germany, on March 15th, 1840, and came to America at the age of thirteen and settled in Kentucky. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted In Company H, 8th Missouri Infantry. He was wounded at the capture of Fort Donelson on February 15th, 1862, and was honorably discharged as a sergeant on June 26th, 1862, on account of wounds received. Soon after the close of the war he came to Jacksonville, and on August 11th. 1887 he enlisted in "Wilson's Battery," F. S. T., commissioned First Lieutenant of Field Artillery on July 22d, 1893: Captain, Field Artillery on March 27, 1894; Major, Field Artillery, August 1899; transferred to Ordnance Department. Staff Officer, on March 22, 1907. Retired with rank of Brigadier General on January 28, 1914. Gumbinger died in January of 1920 in Jacksonville, Florida and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery. The manual remains in good, solid condition with typical wear and soiling from use.

    Jacob Gumbinger - Enlisted on 6/1/1861 at St Louis, MO as a Sergeant. On 6/1/1861 he mustered into "H" Co. MO 8th Infantry. 

    Eighth Infantry MISSOURI (3-YEARS)

    Eighth Infantry. -- Cols., Morgan L. Smith, Giles A. Smith, David C. Coleman, Lieut.-Cols., James Peckham, Giles A. Smith, David C. Coleman, Dennis T. Kirby; Majs. John McDonald, Dennis T. Kirby.   

    This regiment was organized in June and July 1861. Before its organization was complete it was called on to suppress the guerrillas engaged in committing depredations along the line of the North Missouri railroad defeating them in the vicinity of St. Charles and Mexico. On July 29 the regiment left St. Louis for Cape Girardeau, and on Sept. 7 landed at Paducah, Ky., where it remained until the following February, when it joined the forces moving against Forts Henry and Donelson. Fort Henry had surrendered before the regiment arrived, but at Donelson it proved its fighting qualities, being under command of Gen. Lew Wallace in the repulse of the attempt of the enemy to cut his way out.

    It was with Wallace in some of the heaviest fighting at Shiloh on the second day of that battle; in the engagements about Corinth, Miss., and the operations in that vicinity until November, when it was ordered to Memphis, Tenn. Here it joined Gen. Sherman's forces for the assault on the Confederate works at Chickasaw Bluffs, where it acquitted itself with credit, and a few days later was on the skirmish line in the assault on Arkansas Post. It was one of the regiments assigned to the Steele's bayou expedition in the early movements against Vicksburg, took part in the feint against Haynes' bluff, which enabled Gen. Grant to effect a landing at Grand Gulf, Miss., was then in the battles of Raymond and Champion's Hill, and in the advance on Vicksburg it was the first regiment to encounter and drive in the enemy's pickets.

    It took part in the assaults on the Vicksburg works and after the fall of that city was in the movement to drive Gen. Johnston from Jackson. In November the regiment marched with Sherman to Chattanooga and was in the advance in the first assault on Missionary Ridge. After Bragg's defeat at Chattanooga, it was one of the regiments that marched to the relief of Gen. Burnside at Knoxville, and the following spring joined Gen. Sherman's army for the advance upon Atlanta, taking part in all the principal engagements of that historic campaign until in July, 1864, when the main body of the regiment was ordered to St. Louis, where it was mustered out on July 25.

    Two companies, A and B. were veteranized and served with the and division, 17th corps, in the march to the sea and the campaign of the Carolinas, being mustered out at Little Rock, Ark., Aug. 14, 1865.

    Source:  The Union Army, vol. 4, p. 260

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     Inventory Number:  HIS 146