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Colonel James Perry 48th New York Volunteer Infantry

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Carte view of Colonel James H. Perry of the 48th New York Volunteer Infantry. A veteran of the Texas War of Independence,  James would be commissioned into the 48th on October 26, 1861. Known as the “Continental Guard”, the 48th would be made up of 7 companies from Brooklyn, New York and New Jersey. They would leave the state that month as part of Sherman’s 1st Brigade en-route to Port Royal. They would take an active part in the capture of the fortifications in January, 1862. Following Port Royal they would take part in the siege operations against Fort Pulaski in April, 1862. Following the 112 day siege in which the 48th would play a prominent role, the fort would fall into Union hands. The regiment would be assigned to garrison duty there until the following summer. Perry would however never leave. At 50 years of age he would suffer a stroke from which he would not recover passing on June 18, 1862. His son serving in the same regiment would be discharged 3 months later. Wonderful period ink inscription across the front bottom reading “Col. J. H. Perry 48th N.Y.V”. The reverse is also inscribed “Col. James Hazard Perry 48th ??? Vol. Killed in battle (Civil War)”. Back marked by Brady.

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