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Eugene Ainsworth 11th Vermont Heavy Artillery

Wounded in action at Cold Harbor


Item No. CV90334 Category Tag


Carte view identified as Eugene Ainsworth of East Montpelier, Vermont. July of 1862 would see Eugene signing on with the 9th Vermont Volunteer Infantry. The 9th Vermont would be captured in it’s entirety at Harper’s Ferry in September, 1862. Whether Eugene was with the force at the time of their capture is not noted. The following month he would be discharged for a disability so he may well have been absent from the regiment at that time. His service with the 9th was at the very least brief. By December of 1863 he had regained his health enough to enlist with the 11th Vermont Heavy Artillery. Following the Battle of the Wilderness the regiment was ordered to report for duty near Spotsylvania Court House to serve as an infantry unit. Serving as an infantry unit they would fight in every battle in which the 6th Corps would be engaged in from May, 1864 through April, 1865. Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg and a number more. Eugene however would not make it past Cold Harbor. It was here that he was wounded on June 12th. Following his recovery the following January he would be transferred into the 246th Company, 1st Battalion Veteran Reserve Corps. By April he would be discharged. He is shown here armed with his musket with a revolver tucked into his belt. This view itself does not bear a written id itself, however it was housed in an album behind another identical view with his id written on the page. A photocopy of that page will accompany this view. A number of 11th Vermont men are known to have been photographed in front of this back drop. None of which are back marked. This one is no exception. Nice carte view from a hard fought unit.

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