BUST VIEW CDV OF THRICE WOUNDED NEW HAMPSHIRE OFFICER, INCLUDING AT GETTYSBURG

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Very nice image of Nathaniel Shackford as a Captain in the 12th New Hampshire Infantry. Shackford wears a dark frock coat with Captains shoulder straps and a dark military vest.

Image has light to moderate surface dirt especially along the lower right border. Bottom of image has a nice period ink inscription that reads “N. SHACKFORD / MAJ. 12th N. H. VOLS.”

Reverse has some doggerel in period ink that reads “SHACK NATFORD / LILL VAKEAGE / NAMP HEWHIRE.”

Nathaniel Shackford was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on June 20, 1826 making him 33 years old when he accepted his commission as Captain of Company E, 12th New Hampshire Infantry on September 8, 1862.

The 12th New Hampshire served in the 3rd Corps of the Army of the Potomac and the 18th Corps of the Army of the James. The regiment suffered heavily at Chancellorsville where Shackford suffered a slight wound and again at Gettysburg where he received three wounds, one to the groin, wrist and lung.

The historian of the 12th describes Shackford as "always ready for fun,” one full of pranks such as exchanging the Major's spirits for water and then setting up the troops right outside the Major's tent so they could listen as the Major poured a drink. Nathaniel was also described as the "liveliest of the living” and as one who’s "fighting weight, bullets and all, was never more than one hundred and twenty-five pounds"

In December of 1863 the regiment was transferred to the 18th Corps and saw action at Williamsburg, Swift Creek, Drewry’s Bluff, Port Walthall and Cold Harbor where Shackford was wounded for a third time receiving a severe wound in the elbow and back. He was promoted to Major on November 16, 1864 and Lieutenant Colonel on May 26, 1865. He was mustered out at Richmond on June 21, 1865.

After the war he lived in Lakeport, New Hampshire and worked as State Prison Appraiser and oversaw a hosiery mill. He was also active in the National Guard rising to the rank of Colonel. In the 1880s he became active in the New Hampshire Veterans Association. He died on October 20, 1920 and was buried in Bayside Cemetery in Laconia, New Hampshire.  [ad]

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