“Like a true yankee all ways escaped”

John Chase, 5th Maine Artillery. Left-handed penmanship entry, submitted December 1865. William Oland Bourne Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

I lost my right arm near the shoulder, and left eye, and have forty other scars upon my brest and shouldr caused by peaces of fragments of a Spharical case shot, at the battle of Gettersburg, july the seccond 1863. I have been in the rebbels hands a number of times, and like a true yankee all ways escaped before carryed of too the prison pens.

This blog complements the Library of Congress exhibition, “The Civil War in America.” This series of posts chronicles the sacrifices and accomplishments of those—from both the North and South—whose lives were lost or affected by the events of 1861–1865. To learn more about the object featured in this blog entry, visit the online exhibition.