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DIARY OF SGT. ALBERT MAGNIN OF THE 99TH PA. INFANTRY Superb content brief diary of Sgt. Albert Magnin of the 99th Penn. Infantry, 20pp. 8vo., May 3-25, 1864 in pencil, covering actions at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House and North Anna River. As the pages are numbered starting with consecutively and starting with one, we believe this brief diary to be complete versus simply a fragment, thought it has been disbound. In small part: "...On to Richmond with 5 days rations. Broke camp at midnight...marched to Chancellorsville battleground...6th Corps advanced as skirmishers [to] attack the enemy...we were compelled at dark to fall back on our breastworks on the road...Gen. M informed us we were to attack the enemy again this morning. Advanced over two miles in woods engaging and driving the enemy. At 1 PM the enemy outflanked us on the right and after a desperate resistance we were compelled to fall back...At 4 PM the enemy charged the line of works the 5th Div. being on our front...the 3rd Div. broke the enemy gained the first line of works and we met them with volleys...Our regt. started the advance charging the enemy, retaking the works, capturing a number of prisoners and driving the balance in confusion...skirmishing all day in front...detailed with ammunition train and marched on Fredericksburg and halted at 10 PM at Chancellorsville...passed Army HdQrs, an execution of deserter...marched to Cox's Tavern and threw up entrenchments...raw troops ordered to be very cautious... Marched with detachment to about three miles from Spotsylvania courthouse...advanced and charged on Brown's Farm. 16th Mass. as skirmishers. Charged on the rebel works which was well posted with artillery...loss 20 killed W&M...first and second Brig. Charged the Rebel works...were repulsed and our batteries opened and drove the enemy back. Burnside coming on the enemy's flank...REGT. advanced in line of house occupied by enemy but repulsed at daylight the whole 2nd corps advanced in solid column on the Rebel works...our line advanced taking the first of works...there engaged the enemy under heavy fire. I with three others took the Rebel brass 12 pounder and turned upon the enemy and worked it until we run out of ammunition. The fighting lasted until long after dark...I fired over 200 rounds, was struck in the right arm with a piece of shell...took 17,000 prisoners 43 pieces of arty...firing all night. Rebels have left their position in our front...remained in line of battle raining all day...burying our dead...visited the field, awful slaughter...pioneers burying the Rebel dead and bringing ion the wounded from between the lines in line of battle...loss in Reg up to this date 87 killed wounded and missing...the Rebel sharpshooters having an enfilading and cross fire on us. At about 12 pm the enemy opened on us from the rear with shell and canister from a battery of flying artillery...keeping up a murdering fire without a chance for us to reply, we were compelled to withdraw. In about an hour our sharpshooters having driven the battery we advanced under heavy fire of sharpshooters and regained our original position...marched to rear of Gen Birney's HdQtrs...under heavy fire of enemy artillery. 22nd A. C. charged the Rebel works on the right and repulsed...passed through Bowling Green...troops very much fatigued. I am very near played out...1/2 mile from north Anna river the rebels in position on the other side. Picket firing across river very warm hard on marching and double quicking to the right flank the cavalry being hard pressed under heavy firing...enemy succeeded in burning RR's bridge...". Much more superb content! With transcript. Sold with a fine 8" x 10" oval albumen image of Magnin seated in uniform with his sword in hand, dampstained at left very slightly affecting image. Two pieces.
Estimate $ 1,000-1,500

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