Given to Ruby 28 Apr. 1929
----  Sailors Creek Va. 1865  -------
Confederate Book Taken From The Wagon
Train of Gen. Ewell
G. B. Wiley
This well-worn old note book with its still blood stained leather carrying case was used
Confederate Surgeon Sampson Pope who was Senior Brigade Surgeon,
Sorrels Brigade
.  In addition to its pages of Surgeon Pope’s penned records the book
offers the following notation in the front:
page 71
An old man of 88 years when he passed his treasure on to Ruby in 1929, Gardner B.
would live into his 93rd year before passing in 1934.  The old veteran was a 20
year old resident of Stowe, Maine when he enlisted as a Pvt. Co. B
17th Maine Infantry.  
He remained with the 17th Maine as it served gallantly through some of the heaviest
fighting of the war, mustering out in Washington D. C., June 4, 1865.  While serving with
the 17th the Regiment would see action at such as the Battles of
Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and the
Siege of Petersburg.  Of significance with respect to Pvt. Wiley’s removal of his relic
from Confederate General Ewell’s supply train are military records verifying the presence
of the 17th Maine at the capture of the train at Sailor’s Creek April 6, 1865.  As for the
Confederate donor of our Mainer’s bloodstained war trophy,
Sampson Pope was
commissioned as Surgeon
22nd Georgia Infantry, C.S.A. on New Years Day 1863.  He
would be in place with the 22nd Georgia at Gettysburg.  Rising through Confederate Staff
ranks, Sampson Pope served as Senior Brigade Surgeon, Gen. Sorrels Brigade, his name
appearing in the official Parole Records of the Army of Northern Virginia (Appomattox
Roster), Southern Historical Society Papers.
Near Appomattox Court house
General R. E. Lee Surrendered the army of
Northan Va. to Gen. Mead