Two Images of Bvt. Lt. Col. James M. Richardson, 3rd Mass. HA

Comprising a cdv with "Miller, Boston" imprint with W.R. 1865/Grandfather inked on verso, with an earlier sixth plate ruby ambrotype portrait of the same officer taken, presumably, as a lieutenant in the 21st Massachusetts. Older brother of Spencer W. Richardson (see lots 81-86). James Mirick Richardson from Hubbardston was a merchant when he was commissioned a lieutenant in Company C., 21st Mass. in July 1861. Richardson resigned in July 1862 and later joined the nine-month 44th Massachusetts as captain of Company A in September 1862 attached to the 18th Corps, Department of North Carolina. Richardson then joined the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery as captain of Company H in July 1863 and served for the duration mustering out in September 1865 having been brevetted lieutenant colonel in March. The 3rd Mass. HA formed part of the Washington defenses. Post-war, Richardson became an officer in the Boston GAR and died in Roxbury on October 7, 1878. He was buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Brookline.

Richardson Family Archive

. This lot is one of several (Lots 81-86) that constitute the marvelously complete wartime archive of Captain Spencer Richardson.

Provenance:Property of Descendants of Union Army Capt. Spencer W. Richardson, Boston, Massachusetts

Condition:Ambrotype near EXC with slight peppering in field. CDV G+ with soft corners.

Estimate: $300 - $400
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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