SEATED VIEW OF 13TH MASSACHUSETTS COLONEL WOUNDED AT GETTYSBURG

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CDV is a three-quarter seated view of Colonel Samuel H. Leonard of the 13th Massachusetts. The colonel is posed holding his kepi in his hand with the regimental number “13” visible just above the chinstrap at front center. He wears a dark double-breasted frock coat with shoulder straps and light trousers.

Clarity and contrast of the image are excellent. Paper and mount are good.

Reverse has photographer’s imprint for J. W. BLACK…BOSTON. At top in period ink is “COL. LEONARD.” Bottom has collector information in pencil.

Samuel Haven Leonard was born in Bolton. Massachusetts on July 10, 1825.

When the Civil War began Leonard was employed in his father’s express business in Boston but later moved to Worcester. He joined the state militia in 1846 and rose to be a general and a respected drill master. He was commissioned colonel of the 13th Massachusetts on July 16, 1861. Leonard led his regiment at Thoroughfare Gap, 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Fitzhugh Crossing, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. During the early stages of the latter battle Colonel Leonard was wounded being shot in the arm.

During the Wilderness Campaign Leonard led the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division of the 5th Corps but was back with his regiment for Spotsylvania and Petersburg.

Leonard was mustered out with his regiment at Boston on August 1, 1864.

After the war Colonel Leonard resided in Boston. In addition to his express business he was active in politics but never held an office. He was a founding member of the Charles Ward Post #62 of the GAR and an active member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery as well as the Old Guard Lancers.

Leonard died on December 27, 1902 in Newtown and is buried in Worcester Rural Cemetery in Worcester, Massachusetts.     [AD]

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