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Unusual Civil War Autograph Book of 20th OVI Corporal, George N. Elliott, Co. D
2009, Winter American History, Dec 9
A 4 x 6 in. brown leather album having at least 132 lined pages partially filled with period inked autographs, some with lengthy salutations, fine calligraphy, biblical citations, and flowering verse in the popular mid-Victorian fashion.

The Ohio owner of the album, George N. Elliott, is indicated through written inscriptions throughout the book, which spans from 1863 through at least the early 1880s, with numerous tipped in signatures pasted on both sides of the last 7 pages.

Some of the most notable Civil War related signatures include James McPherson (1828-1864), Brigadier General Elias S. Dennis (1812-1894), Major General Manning F. Force, CMOH, former colonel, 20th OVI (1824-1899), Brigadier General Charles J. Stolbrand, autographed as major (1821-1894), Brigadier General John McArthur (1826-1906), Major General John “Blackjack” Logan (1826-1886), Major General Mortimer Leggett, as brigadier (1821-1896), President U.S. Grant, signed without rank (1822-1885), Major General W.T. Sherman, dated Vicksburg, February 1, 1864 with rank (1820-1891), plus clipped signatures from Christopher Memminger (1803-1888), Confederate Secretary of Treasury, T.H. Watts (1819-1892), CSA Attorney General, CSA General William Barksdale (1821-1863), KIA at Gettysburg, and CSA Brigadier General John Adams (1825-1864), KIA at Battle of Franklin, among many others. Additionally, there are numerous signatures of 20th OVI officers scattered amongst the pages.

The most significant autograph in the album belongs to suffragette Susan B. Anthony who stated emphatically, “Disfranchisement is/not only political degradation,/but moral, social, and industrial/degradation as well. Hence/ political equality is the/stepping stone to all other /equality of rights. /(signed) Susan B. Anthony/Rochester N.Y./February 4, 1879."

George Elliott mustered into Co. D, OH 20th Infantry on October 7, 1861, and was promoted to Corporal on February 2, 1863. The 20th OVI served in Kentucky until February, 1862. It participated in the battle of Fort Donelson as well as the battle of Shiloh. In February, 1863, it joined Grant at Vicksburg and fought at Raymond, Jackson, and Champion Hills. In January, 1864, the regiment re-enlisted as veterans and joined the Meridian expedition. It then joined Sherman in his Atlanta Campaign in June, 1864, and marched with him to sea and through the Carolinas. The 20th OVI was a well-known fighting Regiment. Elliott mustered out on October 7, 1864.


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Front board has separated from spine; exterior of leather spine shows heavy wear and damage with bottom 0.75 in. missing. Likewise, both boards with significant edge wear. Interior pages are undamaged with string binding firm and intact (no loose pages), G.
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