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Musician Albert Alden 24th Massachusetts Infantry

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Superb carte view of Waltham, Massachusetts resident, Albert F. Alden. At 16 years of age, Albert would muster with Company I of the 24th Massachusetts Infantry serving as a drummer for the company. The regiment would serve with the Coast Division commanded by General Ambrose Burnside. The Coast Division was deployed in January 1862 for operations on the coast of North Carolina, and participated in the Battle of Roanoke Island and the Battle of New Berne as well as the battles of Tranter’s Creek, Secessionville and Fort Wagner. Albert would re-enlist with the regiment in January, 1864 and continue to serve until January of 1866. This view show the young drummer dressed in his musicians jacket with tre-foil trim worn on the cuffs as well as his veterans stripes. A chasseur cap is worn with the numeral “24” visible on the front of the cap. Back marked out of South Weymouth, Massachusetts during his furlough home following his re-enlistment. A second photo of Albert can be found on the HDS dressed in this exact uniform and displaying his cap for the camera. Sharp image.

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