One of the great benefits of our website is that it allows important information to come to our attention concerning the 6th Maryland Infantry Regiment. We were recently contacted by Bob Walton, president of the Maugansville Historical Society in Smithsburg, Maryland regarding a New Testament that belonged to Mrs. Jessie Miller, a member of the Society.

The New Testament has the label shown above pasted inside the front cover and reveals the fact that it was owned by Pvt. George W. Gans of Company H, 6th Maryland Infantry. As soldiers during the Civil War did not have "dog tags", carrying such information on their person into battle provided the opportunity for their body to be identified if they were killed or mortally wounded in action. It may be assumed that this New Testament was carried in all of the battles of the 6th Maryland as Pvt. Gans served for the entire time of service of the regiment. For this reason, the Gans New Testament was acquired in behalf of the Descendants Association and donated to the Pamplin Historical Park & National Museum of the Civil War Soldier at Petersburg, Virginia.

It was there, in the early morning hours of April 2, 1865, that the 6th Maryland was instrumental in breaking the Confederate lines. For this reason, it is most fitting that the Gans New Testament be part of the permanent collection of the Pamplin Historical Park & National Museum of the Civil War Soldier. A link to its website is provided in the links section on the home page.



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