This is an outstanding grouping pertaining to Captain Warren French of the 42nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Initially French would muster as a sergeant in August, 1862 with the 11th Battery Massachusetts Light Artillery. A 9 month regiment they would spend their enlistment pulling garrison and picket duty and occasional reconnaissance. Warren would be present for all 9 months of it mustering out the following May. In July, 1864 he would enlist for the cause once more. This time he would be commissioned a captain in the 42nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. A 100 day militia regiment they would serve performing garrison and picket duty at Alexandria, Virginia and Great Falls’ Maryland. Warren would be mustered out of service for good in November, 1864. Included in this grouping is Warren’s war date writing desk as it was found in Springfield, Massachusetts exactly how he left it following the war. Warren ahs stenciled his name twice on the inside cover as well as writing his name several times inside the box. Items in the box consist of –
Multiple .58 cal and .36 cal bullets. Bone handled tooth brush. 1 human tooth. Most likely his own. Pocket watch chain. 1 vile of some unknown substance. Looks like it may be snuff. 1 hand carved wood ring and a small nut which has been carved into a basket. 2 hard carved bone buttons with script infantry I on the face. Multiple cuff links, cap box finials, knapsack hooks. 1 piece of canister shot. 1 Post war cdv of Warren. Several miscellaneous items
A scant amount of service records and research paperwork is included as well. Super neat grouping. You don’t find these very often anymore these days!