We are offering a CDV photograph of Civil War Union Soldier Charles A. Smith, 49th Regiment of Infantry, Massachusetts Vols.
Photo is by Joslyn, Smith & Co. Smith was born in Hadley, Massachusetts.
At the age of 21, he enlisted in the 10th Regiment of Infantry, Mass. Company and went into service on June 21st, 1861. While the regiment was camped at Medford, he became sick with measles and was discharged from service. After he recovered, he re-enlisted at Springfield into Company K of the same regiment.
During the siege of Yorktown, Virginia he became severely sick and was discharged again. In the autumn of 1862, he enlisted in the 49th Regiment of Infantry, Mass. The 49th went into camp for organization at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and received marching orders on November 21st, 1862 to report in New York to General Andrews. On arriving there, they were sent to camp on Long Island, NY. On January 24, 1863, they proceeded by steamer to New Orleans.From there they were sent to Carrollton and then on to Baton Rouge. The 49th participated in the advance of General Banks' forces on Port Hudson.
About the middle of May the regiment advanced with General Augur's division toward Port Hudson, and on May 21st participated in the Battle of Plain's Store where they earned high commendation for gallantry. On May 27, the regiment participated in the first assault on Port Hudson, in which it met with heavy losses.On June 14th, the 49th made, with the rest of the division, an assault on rebel forces. During the event of Port Hudson the regiment was in the front until the surrender of the confederates. On July 9th, 1863 the 49th was sent with two brigades to Donaldsville.
On the 13th of July, they marched in Bayou Lafourche where they were nearly cut off by a major force. By making a circuit of three miles, they succeeded in joining the rest of the forces. We believe the photograph was taken in Vicksburg, Mississippi right before he left for home via the Mississippi River, arriving in Pittsfield on August 21st, 1863. The item "CIVIL WAR UNION SOLDIER CHARLES A.I" is in sale since Saturday, September 28, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Photographs". The seller is "propicker" and is located in Santa Clarita, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.