June 20, 2011

Two New Books Published

Interested in the Civil War?  My interest grew tremendously as I worked on transcribing two journals of a Union soldier from Ohio that were discovered at our local library. 
Darius Baird was a native of Pulaski, Ohio, in Williams County and a member of the 38th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  He enlisted when he was 19 at Camp Trimble, Defiance, Ohio, on September 1, 1861.  He was assigned as a musician in Co. H of the 38th, and on December 11, 1862, he was promoted to full corporal and served as a color guard.  Corporal Baird was mortally wounded on September 1, 1864, in action at Jonesboro, Georgia.  He is buried in the Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, Georgia.  His journals were returned to his mother in Pulaski by his brother, John, when he mustered out of service shortly after Darius's death.

Three of us worked on transcribing the journals which are full of vivid descriptions of camp life and battle, including names of other local soldiers.  I was lucky enough to visit Marietta and find Darius's grave...on Memorial Day last year.  Our society now has the book, The Civil War Journals of Darius Baird, A Northwest Ohio Soldier, for sale for just $10, which includes shipping. 

The second book that we have just published is a reprint of a 1904 Turnbull Wagon Pocket Catalog, used by salesmen for the company which was located in Defiance, Ohio. 
The forty page catalog lists all the various sizes of wagons offered by the company in 1904. It contains several full color plates of the wagons (as shown above), numerous illustrations throughout of running gears, brakes and other available add-on features.  Dimensions of the boxes are given, along with the size and widths of the wooden wheels and the prices of various parts.  The placement of pin striping on the wagons is clearly shown.  This is a great gift for Turnbull Wagon collectors, restorers and others interested in the Turnbull Wagon company.
The book is 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 - just right for the salesman's pocket!   We have this book for sale at $20 plus $1.50 for shipping.

Two very different and unusual books!  If you would like to have more information or to order, please email me at defiancegenealogy2002@yahoo.com  .

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