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Sergeant John Fisher 36th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Identified Match Safe WIA

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Brass match safe identified to John A Fisher of the 36th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. John would muster as a corporal in Company H in August, 1862. Organized in August, they would see their first fight of the war within 4 months during the Battle of Fredericksburg. January of 1863 would start out with the debacle forever known as the “Mud March”. They would bounce around from Virginia to Kentucky to Mississippi to Tennessee and back to Kentucky in 1863. In doing so they would see action during the Siege of Vicksburg, Siege of Jackson, Blue Springs and Knoxville before ending the year in pursuit of Longstreet. 1864 would see the start of the Rapidan Campaign which began in the spring. The Battle of the Wilderness shortly followed and was quickly followed by the engagement of  Spotsylvania Court House. It was here that John, now a sergeant would be wounded on May 12, 1864. Hospitalized for the wound, John would receive a medical discharge in early November, 1864. John has had this one engraved “John A. Fisher Co.H 36th Mass Inf”. It does still contain 3 original matches. The latch and hinge still work well. Nice little id’d personal item.

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