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Collection Reference Number GETT_32874
From Archive Folder Civil War Objects from Gettysburg National Militay Park 
Title Bible
Date ca. 1861-1865
Document Type 360 Object
Content Description Small hardcover pocket-size testament entitled "THE NEW TESTAMENT OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST: TRANSLATED OUT OF THE ORIGINAL GREEK; AND WITH THE FORMER TRANSLATIONS DILIGENTLY COMPARED AND REVISED", 17th edition, published by the American Bible Society (Instituted in the year 1816), New York, NY, 1862, 479 pages; black cloth covers with a tooled design on the front, back and spine, the design of the front and back covers is identical and consists of a vertical cartouche at the center with narrow flat ends and centers (on the top and bottom) and rounded corners, cartouche is blank inside, above and below cartouche is a small 4-petal flower inside a circle, the entire cartouche is surrounded by a decorative border composed of scrolled vines and acanthus leaves; the spine is decorated with four square blocks each separated by a narrow band of three dots flanked by leaves, the second block from the top is stamped "TESTAMENT" in gold; inside the front cover is a large label printed in red and blue with a wavy American flag on a staff at the top and "TO THE DEFENDERS OF THE COUNTRY!" in red inside a banner below, below banner in red and blue is "PRESENTED BY THE/ NEW YORK BIBLE SOCIETY/ MAY 1862." along with a bible verse from Psalm 91; the text is composed of all the books of the New Testament, pages 147-148 in Luke are folded in half vertically and pages 365-368 in Phillippians are dog-eared; written in black ink inside the back cover is the name "George/ Ruppe_s?"; covers and spine are lightly worn along outer edges and corners, some brown spotting on the back cover at the top, outer edges of the pages are gold; testament belonged to an unidentified Civil War veteran and comrade of John Unger, 40th NY Infantry; from the John Unger Collection.
Subjects Civil War  Religion  
Theme The American Civil War; Religion
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Copyright Gettysburg National Military Park
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
Civil War: Theater of War Main Eastern Theater