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Sergeant Charles Currier 39th Massachusetts Infantry Wounded Laurel Hill

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Beautiful carte view of sergeant Charles P. Currier of Company I, 39th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Charles would muster with the regiment in August, 1862, serving in the defense’s of Washington and guarding the Potomac throughout the remainder of 1862 and early 1863. The following July, they would move to Harper’s Ferry, take part in the pursuit of Lee and the Bristoe and Mine Run Campaign’s. The Rapidan Campaign would begin in the spring of 1864 with the Battle of the Wilderness. Spotsylvania would follow. Charles would be severely wounded during the battle resulting in the amputation of his left leg. Captured on the field, he would be transferred to a Confederate prison where he remained until exchanged in November. Despite the odds, Charles managed to survive the wound and imprisonment. He would remain in the hospital until March, 1865 when he was discharged for a disability. This is a beautiful view of Charles wearing his sergeants rank. This view came from the album of Charles sister, Emilie R. Currier. There is a modern pencil id on the reverse that incorrectly identifies this image as Charles brother, Joseph Currier who served in the same regiment and company as Charles. Joseph however never held a rank higher than private. A faint period pencil inscription on the reverse reads “Emilie R. Currier”. Back marked out of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

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