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Captain John Macomber 11th Vermont Volunteer Infantry “1st Vermont Heavy Artillery”

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Vignette carte view of Captain John Harrison Macomber of Fairhaven, Vermont. Macomber would muster as a corporal with the 11th Vermont Volunteer Infantry beginning in September, 1862. Serving in Company C, he would be assigned to Fort Saratoga in Washington. Near the end of the year the regiments designation would be changed to the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery. They would remain at Fort Saratoga throughout 1863 with John receiving promotions to sergeant in April of that year and then to lieutenant in July. With the dawn of 1864, the doldrum of garrison life would end and they would join the Army in the field at Spotsylvania Court House. They would make up for the lull of the past year and half from this point forward beginning with Spotsylvania. It would be followed by North Anna River, Totopotomoy Creek and then Cold Harbor. John would receive a slight wound here on June 7th before being captured at Weldon Railroad just two weeks later on June 23rd. He would remain in confinement until being paroled of September 12, 1864. As 1864 wound down, they would move to Petersburg and take part in the siege of the city. John would receive a brevet to captain for gallantry at Petersburg before officially being promoted to captain in late May of 1865. His final discharge would come in August, 1865. John would have subsequent service in the U.S. Army serving as post Chaplin from 1880 until 1900. This view shows John wearing the rank of wither lieutenant or captain and wearing a 6th Corps/ID badge pinned to his jacket. Very nice view.

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