Captain Jacob Le Roy Bell 11th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry

Wounded 4 times!


Item No. CV19008 Category


Exceptional carte view of Captain Jacob Le Roy Bell of Haverhill, New Hampshire. Jacob would help raise Company G of the 11th New Hampshire and would serve as it’s 2nd lieutenant beginning in September, 1862. Just 3 months later they would take part in their first fight at Fredericksburg. In all the regiment would fight in 10 major engagements and Jacob would be wounded in a almost half of them! He would manage to escape the regiments first 5 battles unscathed, but the second half of the regiments service would not go as well for him. Jacob was first wounded at Spotsylvania when he was struck in the left leg on May 12, 1864 . The following month he would be wounded at Bethesda Church when a musket ball glanced off his scalp on June 2nd. Keeping his streak alive, the following month he would be struck in the head again by a lead ball in the trenches before Petersburg on July 30th. In the midst of the fighting, Jacob would be promoted to captain in July, 1864. He would get a one month reprieve from his rate of receiving wounds in August but would be wounded once more the following month at Popular Springs Church. This time the wound proved severe when he was struck in the right thigh. He would recover all of the wounds received and be discharged in June, 1865. Beautiful view of Jacob shown seated wearing his captains bars and a signet ring on his pinky finger. He is also shown wearing a Lincoln mourning ribbon on the upper arm following Lincoln’s assassination. This one is back marked out of Concord, New Hampshire and was probably taken while at home recovering from his leg wound. Beautiful image.

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