RETURN THIS CIVIL WAR TREASURE TO THE RIGHT FAMILY
I have a Civil War Soldiers 1863 New Testament Bible. The book is a hardcover edition about 4.5 inches by 3 inches. It is in good condition though the binding from the cover is loose from wear. There is also biblical passages on the inside of the binding. It looks like the passages are from Genesis. The key line says Pearl (32 mo.). I bought it at an estate sale with the hope of returning it to the soldiers family. Handwritten in pencil, the name R. L. Root, the year 1866, the city Burlington and the words: wife Lovina Root. R. L. Root was in the New Jersey Civil War Record Company C, Third Regiment - Cavalry on page 1332 line 57. It is written: Root, Longfoot R. Private, Com. or enrolled Jan. 1, '64, Must'D In. January 22, '64, Period, 3 years, Remarks, Discharged at U. S. Army General Hospital., Frederick, Md., G.O. 77 Par. 6, War Dept., A. G. O., Washington D. C., April 28, '65. He was from Burlington, New Jersey. Please help me return this treasure to the right family.
Dr. Liana Lupas from the American Bible Organization wrote: The American Bible Society was founded in May 1816 and published its first English Bible before the end of the year. By the end of the Civil War it had printed at least 15 million Bibles. The vast majority of them have no commercial value today. The edition you have may be of some historical interest if it is a really small book and its key line (to be found in the lower left hand corner of the title page) includes the words Agate or Pearl or nonpareil 32 mo. If it does, the book was almost certainly one of the 3 million copies provided by the Society to soldiers and sailors on both sides of the conflict.