Andersonville Casualty Henry Ames 2nd New York Heavy Artillery

Died a POW at the infamous Andersonville Prison


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Carte view identified as Henry Ames of the 2nd New York Heavy Artillery. Henry would muster with the regiment in January, 1864. In November of 1863, Battery L, which had been detached from the regiment and serving as a light artillery unit, was permanently detached and re-designated as the 34th Battery. As a result in January of 1864 it was replaced by a new battery which Henry was now a part of. He would get his first taste of battle at Cold Harbor that May. His next engagement would be during the Siege of Petersburg. Here the regiment instead of standing by it’s guns, would serve as an infantry unit. It was while serving in this capacity that Henry would be captured by rebel forces on June 26th. Sent to the infamous Andersonville Prison, it would not take long for the squalor conditions to take it’s toll on the 29 year old artilleryman. Just 4 months later he would succumb to disease while imprisoned there on October 10th. His remains currently reside in the Andersonville National Cemetery in gravesite 10642. The reverse of the carte bears a period ink signature reading “Henry Ames”. This one is a bit trimmed down as it once resided in a cdv album containing member of the 2nd NYHA. Back marked out of DeRayter, New York.

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