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  • Kate Fluckiger

    Violin used as war diary by American Civil War soldier Solomon Conn in 1863. Amazing!

  • Long Island Genealogist, LLC

    Civil War soldier used his violin to record his battles #civilwar #music #history

  • Michigan Toy Soldier & Figure Company

    Solomon Conn purchased this violin in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 1, 1863, and carried it with him during his service with Company B, 87th Indiana Volunteers during the Civil War. Written on the back and sides of the instrument are the names of places where the soldiers of the 87th were either on duty or engaging the enemy.

  • Sally's Diaries

    Civil War Diary written on a violin. Civil War soldier Solomon Conn used a violin to chronicle his wartime experiences and travels with Company B of the 87th Indiana Volunteers in the 1860s. Conn bought the violin in 1863 and re-purposed it into a diary. Enduring two years of war with the instrument, Conn inscribed a list of over 30 battles, skirmishes and visited locations into the wood on its back, left and right sides.

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