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56th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Photographs

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ca. 1861-1865

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Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of portraits of officers and soldiers who served in the 56th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.

Collection Description

Sixty-six carte de visite and tintype portraits of officers and soldiers who served in the 56th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War, as well as superior officers in the U.S. Army. The photographs were collected by an unidentified member of the Regiment, who inscribed the backs of the photographs with information that identifies the subjects. The portraits were all taken ca. 1861-1865. Photographers include Henry Franklin Warren of Waltham, Mass. and James Wallace Black, Mrs. H. F. Stuart, and Simon Wing, all of Boston, Mass., among many others.

Acquisition Information

Donor unknown.

Detailed Description of the Collection

#186.1
Grant, Ulysses S. (1822-1885), ca. 1861-1865. General.Photographer unknown.
#186.2
Burnside, Ambrose Everett (1824-1881), ca. 1863-1864. General.Taken by James Wallace Black (Boston, Mass.).
#186.3
Parke, John Grubb (1827-1900), ca. 1861-1865.Published by E. & H. T. Anthony (New York, N.Y.) from a photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery.
#186.4
Potter, Robert B., ca. 1861-1865. General.Taken by J. Gurney & Son (New York, N.Y.).
#186.5
Stevenson, Thomas Greely (1836-1864), ca. 1863-1864. General.Taken by James Wallace Black (Boston, Mass.).
#186.6
Griffin, Simon Goodell (1824-1902), ca. 1861-1865. General.Taken by Brady & Co.'s National Photographic Portrait Galleries (Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y.).
#186.7
Griswold, Charles E. (1835-1864), ca. 1863-1864. Colonel, Field & Staff.Taken by John Adams Whipple (Boston, Mass.),
#186.8
Weld, Stephen Minot (1842-1920), ca. 1861-1862. Colonel, Field & Staff.Taken by James Wallace Black (Boston, Mass.).
#186.9
Mills, Charles J. (d. 1865), ca. 1863-1865. 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant, Field & Staff.Taken by Antoine Sonrel (Boston, Mass.).
#186.10
Cowdin, Robert J. (d. 1864), ca. 1863. Captain, Co. E.Taken by Thomas Rice Burnham (Boston, Mass.).
#186.11
Adams, Zabdiel Boylston, ca. 1861-1862. Captain, Co. F.Taken by James Wallace Black (Boston, Mass.).
#186.12
McArdle, James, ca. 1861-1864. Captain, Co. E.Taken by John Adams Whipple (Boston, Mass.).
#186.13
Shurtleff, Hiram S., ca. 1861-1862. Captain, Co. I.Taken by James Wallace Black (Boston, Mass.).
#186.14
Fletcher, George A., ca. 1863-1865. Captain, Co. G.Taken by George Kendall Warren (Cambridgeport, Mass.).

Inscription on verso: "Lieut. Geo. A. Fletcher/ G. Co. 56th Mass Infy/ the one I quarrelle [sic] with in regard to clothing".

#186.15
Cartwright, James W., ca. 1863-1865. Captain, Co. C.Photographer unknown.
#186.16
Jeffrey, John H., ca. 1863-1865. Captain, Co. I.Taken by P. L. Perkins (Baltimore, Md.).
#186.17
Priest, John D. (d. 1864), ca. 1863-1864. Lieutenant, Co. E.Taken by Marshall & Co. (Boston, Mass.).
#186.18
Lipp, Leodegar M., ca. 1861-1862. Lieutenant, Co. F.Taken by James Wallace Black (Boston, Mass.).
#186.19
Wallace, Edwin A., ca. 1861-1865. Lieutenant, Co. C.Taken by Robert J. Chute (Boston, Mass.).
#186.20
Mayloan, John W., 20 Aug. 1864. Lieutenant, Co. C.Taken by Robert J. Chute (Boston, Mass.).
#186.21
French, Daniel F., ca. 1864-1865. Sergeant Major, Co. E.Taken by Mrs. H. F. Stuart (Boston, Mass.).
#186.22
Turner, Samuel B., ca. 1864-1865. Corporal, Co. E.Taken by Lemuel W. Cook (Weymouth Landing, Mass.).
#186.23
Richardson, Rufus, ca. 1864-1865. Company Sergeant, Co. C.Taken by Moses W. Comsett (Boston, Mass.).
#186.24
Martland, William J., ca. 1865. Private, musician, Co. B.Taken by Howard Bros. (North Bridgewater, Mass.).

Inscription on verso of photograph : "W. J. Martland/ Leader of Band/ 56th Regt Mass Vol".

#186.25
Nichols, William H., ca. 1864-1865. Private, musician, Co. C.Taken by Fisher Bros. (Boston, Mass.).
#186.26
Alden, Isaac R., ca. 1865. Private, musician, Co. F.Taken by David T. Burrell (Bridgewater, Mass.).
#186.27
Weisse, Henry, ca. 1863-1865. Bugler, Co. E.Taken by Wyman & Co. (Boston, Mass.).
#186.28
Spurr, William E., ca. 1863-1865. Sergeant, Co. A.Taken by Frederick A. Freeman (Boston, Mass.).

Inscription on verso of photograph: "Segeant Wm E. Spurr./ A. Co 56th Mass Infy,/ Mother put this opposite his wife in my large album."

#186.29
Bond, Charles S., ca. 1861-1862. 1st Sergeant, Co. B.Taken by James Wallace Black (Boston, Mass.).

Inscription on verso of photograph: " Sergt. Chas. S. Bond./ B. Co 56th Mass Infy./ a good friend."

#186.30
Burgess, Charles H., ca. 1863-1865. Sergeant, Co. B.Taken by H. P. Ross (Groton Junction, Mass.).
#186.31
Jeffs, William H., ca. 1865. Sergeant, Co. B.Taken by Oliver H. Cook (Gloucester, Mass.).
#186.32
Page, Calvin R., ca. 1861-1862. Sergeant, Co. B.Taken by James Wallace Black (Boston, Mass.).
#186.33
Crawley, John H. (d. 1864), ca. 1863-1864. Sergeant Major, Co. C.Taken by Antoine Sonrel (Boston, Mass.).

Inscription on verso of photograph: "Sergt. John H. Crawley/ C. Co 56 Mass. Infy,/ another good friend with [Ned?]."

#186.34
Boyer, Charles W., ca. 1864-1865. Sergeant, Co. E.Taken by Mrs. H. F. Stuart (Boston, Mass.).
#186.35
Robinson, Charles A., ca. 1862-1865. Sergeant, Co. E.Taken by George D. Hamilton (Boston, Mass.).
#186.36
Hastings, Charles E., ca. 1865. Sergeant Major, Co. E.Taken by Alexander Perry (Waltham, Mass.).
#186.37
Cook, Walter H., ca. 1863-1865. Sergeant. Co. F.Taken by Charles Cole (Roxbury, Mass.).
#186.38
Farnsworth, John E., ca. 1863-1865. 1st Sergeant, Co. G.Taken by Grove Hinman Loomis (Boston, Mass.).
#186.39
Weeks, George M., ca. 1864-1865. Sergeant, Co. G.Taken by Mrs. H. F. Stuart (Boston, Mass.).
#186.40
Glover, Harrison (d. 1864), ca. 1864. Sergeant, Co. G.Taken by Simon Wing (Boston, Mass.).Tintype.
#186.41
Rayne, William F., ca. 1864-1865. 1st Sergeant, Co. I.Taken by Gideon Smith, Photographer for Hd. Qrs., 9th Army Corps.
#186.42
Evans, George S., ca. 1864. Corporal, Co. I.Taken by Harley & Metcalf (Cambridgeport, Mass.).
#186.43
Bunker, Nathaniel W., ca. 1864-1865. Sergeant, Co. I.Taken by Gideon Smith, Photographer for Hd. Qrs., 9th Army Corps.
#186.44
Pickering, James W., ca. 1864-1865. Sergeant, Co. I.Photographer unknown.
#186.45
Wright, Henry F., ca. 1863-1865. Corporal, Co. B.Taken by H. P. Ross (Groton Junction, Mass.).
#186.46
Farnsworth, Henry A., ca. 1865. Private, Co. E.Taken by Henry Franklin Warren (Waltham, Mass.).
#186.47
Whitney, Francis, ca. 1865. Private, Co. E.Taken by Henry Franklin Warren (Waltham, Mass.).
#186.48
Cousens, Charles W., ca. 1864-1865. Private, Co. E.Taken by Fisher Bros. (Boston, Mass.).
#186.49
Haskell, George H., ca. 1863-1865. Private, Co. E.Photographer unknown.
#186.50
Stickney, Edward F. (d. 1864), ca. 1864. Private, Co. I.Taken by Henry Franklin Warren (Waltham, Mass.).
#186.51
Coolidge, Samuel F., ca. 1864. Private, Co. I.Taken by Henry Franklin Warren (Waltham, Mass.).
#186.52
Sanderson, Henry A. (d. 1864), ca. 1864. Private, Co. F.Taken by Charles Cole (Roxbury, Mass.).

Inscription on verso of photograph: "Henry A. Sanderson killed May 6th, 1864."

#186.53
Pierce, Jonas, 3rd (d. 1864), ca. 1864. Private, Co. F.Taken by John R. Aull (Roxbury, Mass.).

Partial inscription (incorrect) on verso of photograph: "killed May 6, 1865." Pierce was killed 6 May 1864 in Wilderness, Va.

#186.54
Daggett, Isaac H., ca. 1863-1865. Private, Co. F.Taken by Edward L. Allen (Boston, Mass.).
#186.55
Thacher, Matthew, H. (d. 1864), ca. 1864. Color Corporal, Co. F.Taken by Joshua W. Moulton (Salem, Mass.).

Partial inscription (incorrect) on verso of photograph: "killed May 12th, 1865." Thacher was killed 12 May 1864 in Spottsylvania, Va.

#186.56
Allen, Edward K., ca. 1864. Private, Co. B.Taken by Simon Wing (Boston, Mass.).Hand-colored tintype.
#186.57
Trudelle, Joseph, ca. 1863-1865. Musician, Co. B.Taken by Grove Hinman Loomis (Boston, Mass.).

Inscription on verso of photograph: "Joseph Trudelle/ Canada/ Clerk at Regt./ Hd. Qrs. 56th Reg."

#186.58
Walker, James A., ca. 1863-1865. Corporal, Co. A.Photographer unknown.Hand-colored tintype.

Photos. #186.58-62 mounted on same sheet of paper, with inscriptions identifying the subjects.

#186.59
Sheehan, William, Jr., ca. 1863-1864. Private, Co. E.Photographer unknown.Hand-colored tintype.

Photos. #186.58-62 mounted on same sheet of paper, with inscriptions identifying the subjects.

#186.60
Johnson, [ ], ca. 1863-1865. [Rank unknown], Co. G.Photographer unknown.Tintype.

Photos. #186.58-62 mounted on same sheet of paper, with inscriptions identifying the subjects.

Subject may be withe James A Johnson, Sergeant (d. 1864) or John B. Johnson, Private.

#186.61
Fletcher, James W., ca. 1864-1865. Sergeant, Co. H.Photographer unknown.Hand-colored tintype.

Photos. #186.58-62 mounted on same sheet of paper, with inscriptions identifying the subjects.

#186.62
Horne, Charles B. (d. 1864), ca. 1863. Private, Co. E.Photographer unknown.Hand-colored tintype.

Photos. #186.58-62 mounted on same sheet of paper, with inscriptions identifying the subjects.

#186.63
Rand, John E., ca. 1864. Cook, Co. E.Taken by Simons Wing (Boston, Mass.).Hand-colored tintype.
#186.64
Wass, George A., ca. 1863-1865. Private, Co. B.Photographer unknown.Hand-colored tintype.
#186.65
Ashton, Henry H., ca. 1864-1865. Private, Co. H.Taken by Hopkins (Annapolis, Md.).
#186.66
Shumway, David K., ca. 1863-1865. Sergeant, Co. B.Photographer unknown.Hand-colored tintype.

Preferred Citation

56th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment Photographs, Photo. Coll. 186, Massachusetts Historical Society Photo Archives.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Black, James Wallace, 1825-1896, photographer.
Stuart, H. F., Mrs., photographer.
Warren, Henry Franklin, photographer.
Wing, Simon, 1826-1910, photographer.

Organizations:

United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 56th (1863-1865)--Photographs.

Subjects:

Soldiers--Photographs.
Women photographers.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Photographs.
Portrait photographs.
Cartes de viste.
Tintypes.