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Joseph Blossom 123rd New York Infantry Identified Bible

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Nice little pocket bible identified to private Joseph Blossom on the 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry. At the ripe age of 43, Joseph would muster with “K” company in September, 1862. The regiment would initially spend that year in the Defense of Washington. In January of 1863, Joseph would be promoted to corporal and would be present for two of the wars bloodiest battles of the year. Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. The following May, Joseph would fall ill and would reside in a Nashville hospital through August of that year. In October he would be granted a furlough and returned home to recuperate. He would return, but was once again hospitalized that December and would remain there until April, 1865. At his advanced age, soldiering appears to have gotten the better of him. Joseph would be mustered out of service that June. This is a nice example from the New York American Bible Society dated 1862. Joseph has inscribed both the front and back cover in period ink. The inscription inside the front cover reading “Joseph S. Blossom, Middle Granville, Washington County, New York. Company K, 123 Regt. N. Y. S. Volunteers”. Inside the back cover reads “Joseph S. Blossom, Middle Granville, Washington County, New York. Company K. 123 Regt. N. Y. S. Vol. May 24, 1863″. This would date the inscription to just about a week prior to the start of the Gettysburg Campaign. All the pages are intact on this one and the binding is solid. You can definitely tell he carried this one around for a while and was almost certainly carried by him during the fight at Gettysburg!

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