Captain Edwin Hitchcock 7th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry

Killed in action at James Island

$500

Item No. 24423 Category

Description

Carte view identified as Captain Edwin S. Hitchcock of Connecticut. Edwin’s first service would come with the 2nd Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. A three month unit raised in May, 1861. He would muster as a private and serve the full three months before being discharged in August at New Haven. The following month he would be commissioned at captain with Company G of the 7th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. That year the regiment would take part in Sherman’s expedition to Port Royal participating in the capture of forts Walker and Beauregard and well as Port Royal Harbor. March and April of 1862 would see Company G transferred to duty on Dafuskie Island before returning to take part in the bombardment of Fort Pulaski. The Battle of James Island would follow on June 16th and see the regiment taking heavy casualties. One of the leading regiments of the attack and one of the last to retreat, they would lose 83 men. Captain Hitchcock would number among them, killed on the field of battle. Nice period ink inscription on the reverse of this one reading “Capt. E. S. Hitchcock Co. G. 7th Reg. C. V. Killed on James Island June 16th, 1862”. This one does have some wear to it. No back mark.

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