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Samuel Reinhart 107th Pennsylvania Volunteers Hardee Tactics Manual with Curse

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Hardee’s Rifle & Light Infantry Tactics manual belonging to Samuel Reinhart of the 107th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. This copy is dated 1861 by the J. B. Lippencott & Co. of Philadelphia. Samuel would muster with Company I in early March of 1862. The next 3 years would be a constant string of battles for Reinhart and the men of the 107th. The battles of Cedar Mountain, 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg would all be fought in rapid succession during their first year. 1863 would begin with the Mud March followed by the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg where the regiment would suffer 165 casualties out of the 225 men brought to the field. A brief respite would be granted to Samuel following his re-enlistment, and he would need it for the hard campaigns that 1864 would bring. Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Petersburg and Weldon Railroad. The latter battle would see Samuel falling into enemy hands, along with 23 others, when they were captured at Weldon Railroad on August 19th. Samuel would write to the Pennsylvania Daily Telegraph in March of 1865 informing them of his capture and treatment by southern forces. “I notice in your paper of this date a statement of the death of soldiers out of the 107th regiment P.V., who died at Salisbury, N.C., which is but a partial list of the dead, who came to an untimely death by starvation, and cold. I was one of the number, and the statement given below is correct: On the 19th day of August last we were captured at the Weldon railroad, 23 in number, of which the following died: Serg. Jno. Ellinger, Samuel Ecker, John Still, William Reedy, David Sonnon, Jacob Clay, John Steley, Samuel Nagle, Sylvester Herman, John Sherwechte, George Black, William Miller, Jessie Breinard and William Bretz. Corporal James Kennedy died on the way home and was buried at Fort Monroe. Thomas Dunphee and William Huett enlisted in the rebel army. Every week the rebel enrolling officers would visit the quarter and promise plenty of ration and clothing to the famishing men if they would enlist in their service. This offer induced some to enlist to avoid starvation and with the hope of escaping into our lines at a future day. The following are the names of those returned: Serg. David Lesley, John Steckley, William M’Dennis, Jacob Ecker, Samuel Reinhart and William Maher. In your account you have William Maher reported dead, which is incorrect; he returned with us, but I have not seen him since he left the boat. Of our bad treatment while in the hands of the rebels it is useless, for me to recapitulate. I have seen a number of accounts since my return and none of which is an exaggeration. I am, very respectfully yours, SAMUEL REINHART Co. I, 107th reg. P.V.”. The war would end for Samuel following his capture and he would be discharged in July, 1865. This example is inscribed inside the front cover “S. Reinhart Co. I 107 Regt. P.V.V.”. Now what is very interesting about this inscription is that he has placed a curse upon it to help safe guard it. “Let this book alone my friend, for fear the gallows may be your end”. The method was widely used in medieval Europe to discourage theft of manuscripts by placing a curse upon it in the form of a rhyme. It is also inscribed “Capt J.H.B.” which is presumably referring to Captain John H. Bowman would serve as captain of Company I. There is also another name at the bottom that I could not decipher. Condition is very good with no loose pages, spine tight just minor chipping to spine. Overall a very nice example that was obviously carried during the war.

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