Lot of 23 CDVs, many produced by notable Massachusetts studios such as Moulton, Whipple, Case & Getchell, Black, Bowdoin, and more, comprised primarily of officers and enlisted men from the Massachusetts 23rd Volunteers, mostly Co. F. The 23rd Massachusetts was an 18th Corps outfit that saw extensive service in Carolina coastal operations before joining the army south of the James and fighting at Drewry’s Bluff, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg, including the Mine Explosion, before returning to North Carolina and mustering out in June 1865. The following subjects from the 23rd MA are represented in the lot:
Lieutenant Richard P. Wheeler, Co. F, MWIA Drewry's Bluff, VA 5/16/64; Hospital Steward Henry S. Rice, possibly signed on verso; Private Charles Manning, Co. F, KIA Whitehall, NC 12/16/62; Corporal Josiah M. Crocker, Co. F, WIA Cold Harbor, VA, 6/03/64. Carte signed on verso; Private John Gray, Co. F, who after the war served as committee chairman of the 23rd's veterans who authorized the unit's regimental history; Surgeon George Derby, in whose memory their regimental history is dedicated. CDV signed on verso; Assistant Surgeon James A. Emmerton; Captain George M. Whipple, Co. F; unidentified field officer, possibly from the 23rd MA; unidentified line officer, possibly from Co. F, 23rd MA; and unidentified soldier with Bowdoin, Salem, MA backmark.
The lot also features cartes of soldiers that served with other Massachusetts and New York regiments, including: Private Albert J. Foster, Co. K, 45th MA Volunteers; Private James F. Goddard, Co. D, 45th MA, as civilian, signed on verso; Private James E. Otis, 45th MA, as civilian, signed and dated on verso, December 2, 1863, after he was discharged at New Bern. He was either a sutler or army contractor at this time; Sergeant William F. Perkins, 44th MA, WIA Chancellorsville as 2nd lieutenant in the 2nd MA Volunteers; Private Frank W. Balch, Co. F, 44th MA Volunteers, signed on verso; unidentified private, Co. C, 44th MA; 1st Lieutenant William Arthur Ashley, Co. I, 10th MA Volunteers, KIA Wilderness, VA, 5/05/64. Carte has been trimmed, but Ashley's signature is partially visible along bottom edge of mount verso; Private James J. Griffin, Co. E, 2nd MA Heavy Artillery. Carte inscribed by Griffin on verso, Hoping that I may never, by word or action, make you regret that we exchanged photographs...; Captain Edward A. Brown, 25th MA Volunteers, signed on verso; Private George E. Olcutt, Battery H, 3rd New York Light Artillery; and 2 unidentified Massachusetts civilians.
CDVs range in condition, but they are very good overall. Some retain rich tones, while some have lightened a bit or have undergone some toning. CDVs of Derby, Whipple, 2 unidentified soldiers, Ashley, Brown, and unidentified civilian have been trimmed.
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