WILLIAM B. STARK
Title: ORIGINAL 1862 - 1865 IMPORTANT CIVIL WAR JOURNAL DETAILING THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE 34TH MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY REGIMENT VOLUNTEER TO THE STEPS OF APPOMATTOX AND THE SURRENDER OF LEE
Book Condition: Good+
Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall
Publisher: EGREMONT MASSACHUSETTS MA  1862
Seller ID: 000754
On offer is an original, superb relic of the Civil War and an incredibly detailed, historical document with a riveting narrative being the journal of William. B. Stark beginning with his enlistment July 21st 1862 until April 13th 1865 when he relates the details of Appomattox and Lee's surrender and the jubilation of the troops. Thusly his entire tour in the Civil War. Stark was from Egremont, Massachusetts near the New York state border in western Massachusetts. Mr. Stark served in the 34th Regiment Infantry Massachusetts Volunteers. This is one of the most detailed writings of one man's service we have ever read. Stark took copious notes and left no details unmentioned from a detailed listing of every battle and engagement, his fellow soldiers, officers, kit and clothing, foods eaten etc., etc. He never fails to mention names and Mr. Stark to history's benefit writes profusely. There is tremendous battle content with detailed explanations of terrain, weather and conditions. He describes the mood of the men, the affect of the conditions and writes very well too. One online source relates the following of this famed company of volunteers: 34th Regiment Infantry Organized at Worcester August 1, 1862. Moved to Washington, D.C., August 15-17. Attached to Military District of Washington and Alexandria to February, 1863. Tyler's Brigade, District of Alexandria, 22nd Army Corps, Dept. of Washington, to April, 1863. 2nd Brigade, DeRussy's Division, Defenses South of the Potomac, 22nd Army Corps, to June, 1863. Martindale's Command, Garrison of Washington, 22nd Army Corps, to July, 1863. 1st Brigade, Maryland Heights Division, Dept. of West Virginia, to December, 1863. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. of West Virginia, to January, 1864. Unattached, 1st Division, West Virginia, to April, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, West Virginia, to June, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, West Virginia, to December, 1864. 1st Brigade, Independent Division, 24th Army Corps, Army of the James, to June, 1865. SERVICE.--At Arlington Heights, Va., until August 22, 1862. Moved to Alexandria, Va., August 22, and duty on line of Orange & Alexandria Railroad until September 10. At Fort Lyon, Defenses of Washington, D.C., September 15, 1862, to June 2, 1863. Provost and guard duty in Washington until July 9. Moved to Maryland Heights July 9. Occupation of Harper's Ferry, W. Va., July 14. Duty at Harper's Ferry and Bolivar until December 10. Action at Berryville. October 18. Raid to Harrisonburg December 10-24. At Harper's Ferry until February 1, 1864. Operations in Hampshire and Hardy Counties, W. Va., January 27-February 7. Moved to Cumberland, Md., February 15. Return to Harper's Ferry, thence moved to Monocacy, Md., March 5, to Martinsburg, W. Va., March 7 and to Harper's Ferry April 2. Moved to Martinsburg, W. Va., April 17. Sigel's Expedition from Martinsburg to New Market April 13-May 16. Rude's Hill May 14. New Market May 14-15. Advance to Staunton May 24-June 5. Piedmont, Mount Crawford, June 5. Occupation of Staunton June 6. Hunter's Raid on Lynchburg June --. Lynchburg June 17-18. Retreat to the Gaul June 18-29. Moved to the Shenandoah Valley July 5-17. Snicker's Ferry July 17-18. Kernstown or Winchester July 23-24. Martinsburg July 25. Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign August to December. Berryville September 3. Battle of Opequan, Winchester, September 19. Fisher's Hill September 22. Cedar Creek October 13. Battle of Cedar Creek October 19. Duty at Kernstown until December. Moved to Washington, D.C., thence to Bermuda Hundred, Va., December 19-23. Siege operations against Richmond and Petersburg December 25, 1864, to April 2, 1865. In trenches north of the James before Richmond until March, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Rice's Station April 6. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. March to Lynchburg April 12-15, thence to Farmville and Burkesville Junction April 15-19, and to Richmond April 22-25. Duty there until June. Mustered out June 16, 1865. Regiment lost during service 7 Officers and 128 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 132 Enlisted men by disease. Total 269. The original handwritten diary has been lost but this is a very old typewritten transcript undoubtedly typed up by a family member from Stark's diary and then mimeographed. Extensive research can find no evidence that this was ever published or made public in any way save for an annotation that Stark's commentary was partially used regarding his chilling telling of the Battle of Hanging Rock. The old mimeos are in a three-ring binder. Some of the holes on a number of pages are torn, but is otherwise in very good condition. There are 131 numbered pages and the work is complete.
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