Confederate Soldiers Bible of 1862

“Two armies face off with a piece of farmland that came to be known simply as Gettysburg!”

The battle of Gettysburg was fought in a war that began on April 12, 1861 and ended in the spring of 1865 after Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.

But did you know that in 1862 the Confederate Bible Society in Augusta, Georgia, printed the first edition of a small Bible to fit into a soldier’s pocket—taking the Bible with him into battle?

The demand became so great that the Confederate Bible Society attempted to import Bibles from Great Britain, with blockade runners challenging the Union soldiers attempting to prevent the smuggling of Bibles to the South.

And did you know that Museum of the Bible Collections holds a first-edition copy of this “soldier’s Bible”—a significant artifact in the history and impact of the Bible in America!


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