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17199 Diary 59th Il Inf. Mentions Death of Lincoln A slim
hardback diary 3” x 6” in both ink and pencil, kept by 1st
Lieut. Frederick N. Boyer during the year 1865. His unit
followed Gen. Hood into Tennessee, skirmished with the
enemy at Columbia; was first in line of the assaulting column
at Nashville; and planted the first colors of the captured works
on the afternoon of the first day’s fighting, assaulting and
carrying the enemy’s works near the Hillsboro Pike. In this
battle 1/3 of his regiment suffered wounds or death.
Contents include: Lincoln assignation, A steamship running in
to a Monitor, Having his fortune told, men killing an alligator
and eating it, On July 16th he writes of a rumor that Pres.
Johnson had been shot by Gen. Grant or Gen. Sherman, A
man on picket duty being shot, Some Comanche Indians are in
town, Indians visit camp and one is painted, Two nigreos killed
three days after Christmas. Some pages (about 3) torn but
readable with some loss (The Lincoln page is damaged).
Frederick N. Boyer
Residence Kansas IL;
Enlisted on 8/9/1861 as a Sergeant.
On 8/16/1861 he mustered into "H" Co. IL 59th Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 12/8/1865 at New Braunfels, TX
* 2nd Lieut 12/23/1862
* 1st Lieut 1/30/1863
Member of GAR Post # 667 (Hiram McClintock) in La