Superb and powerful 1860s Civil War albumen cdv of Sgt Thomas Plunkett from West Boylston, Massachusetts who served with the 21st MA Infantry and lost both arms while carrying the unit's colors at the battle of Fredericksburg for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Taken by daguerreian pioneer James Wallace Black of Boston. THOMAS PLUNKETT Fredericksburg, VA 12/12/62 BOTH ARMS SHOT OFF THE Twenty-first Massachusetts Infantry crossed the Rappahannock at Fredericksburg on the upper pontoon bridge December 12, and the next morning advanced on the enemy's works.The Second Brigade moved forward most gallantly in double line of battle, across a plain swept by a destructive fire of the enemy. Clark, of the Twenty-first Massachusetts, says in his report: When about sixty rods from the city, Color-Sergeant Collins of Company A, was shot, and fell to the ground. Sergeant Thomas Plunkett of Company E, seized the colors and carried them proudly forward to the farthest point reached by our troops during the battle. Both arms of the brave Plunkett were shot off and literally carried away, and once more the colors, wet with the bearer's blood, were brought to the ground. Color-Corporal Olney of Company H, immediately raised the flag and defiantly bore it through the remainder of the day.
Color-Corporal Barr of Company C, who carried the state colors, was shot, and his post of honor and danger quickly taken by Color-Corporal Wheeler of Company I. Color-Corporal Miller was also wounded. Plunkett survived his injuries and was awarded the Medal of Honor. Guaranteed to be an ORIGINAL 1860s albumen cdv.
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The item "1860s CIVIL WAR Sgt THOMAS PLUNKETT 21st MA awarded MOH GREAT Pose w FLAG" is in sale since Wednesday, February 03, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Photographic Images\Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940)\CDVs". The seller is "hc110-b" and is located in ne. This item can be shipped to United States.