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Henry Chadwick Signed 1861 Civil War Book of Common Prayer

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $1,880.00

Presented is a very significant signed item relating to Henry Chadwick and the Civil War: Henry Chadwick's personal leather-bound hardcover book of common prayer (3.75 x 2.25 x 1 inches) dating from his days as a Civil War reporter. The front cover is embossed in gold lettering with Chadwick's initials "H.C." Chadwick has signed in black ink on the interior of the cover "Henry Chadwick Richmond" ("6"). An additional notation below, also in Chadwick's hand, reads "Good Friday 1861." This additional notation is light ("3") and has been rewritten clearly in another hand in pencil above. This volume is entitled The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments; and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the United States of America together with the the Psalter, or Psalms of David (D. Appleton & Co., New York, 1856). Chadwick began his career as a sportswriter in 1856, and was briefly a news correspondent in Virginia covering the unfolding events of the war as well. The popularity of baseball among soldiers during the Civil War played a significant role in spreading the gospel of the game to the entire country. As soldiers returned home with their newfound interest in playing baseball, the seeds for the explosion of interest in the game which occurred in the years immediately following the Civil War were planted all across America. This is an extraordinary personal Chadwick signed item dating from Chadwick's days covering the Civil War. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $1,880.00

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