SIGNED BUST VIEW CDV OF 12TH NEW HAMPSHIRE OFFICER

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Image shows Arthur St. Clair Smith as Captain of Company K, 12th New Hampshire Infantry. Image is clear with good contrast. Captain’s shoulder straps on his frock coat are clearly visible. Image is very clean with several small spots of foxing. Mount is trimmed at top and bottom.

Reverse has collector’s information in pencil below a blue 2 cent tax stamp. Bottom of reverse is signed in period ink “A. ST. CLAIR SMITH / CAPT. CO.K 12TH N.H.V.”

Arthur St. Clair Smith was born February 11, 1841 in Meredith, New Hampshire. An online biography of Smith that reads in part;

“This officer, the oldest son of Joshua R. and Clarissa C. (Crockett) Smith, was born February 11, 1841, and is the great-grandson of Hon. Ebenezer Smith, one of the first settlers of Meredith, and great-great-grandson of two soldiers of the Revolution…

Inheriting the public spirit and patriotism of his ancestors, Arthur St. Clair left the academy at New London in 1861, and went home to enlist, but his widowed mother, his father having been accidently killed in California three years before, persuaded him to return to his school, where he impatiently remained until the new call for troops in 1862, when "I could no longer study," as he says, "and went home again to enlist."

Assisted by Adjutant-General Colby, he enlisted forty or fifty men for Company K, but waiving his claim to rank was elected first sergeant, instead of lieutenant, as he might have been. His brother, Henry J., of the same company, was killed at Gettysburg. In all the battles of the regiment to Cold Harbor, but Gettysburg and Wapping Heights, when he was still suffering from a severe wound received in arm at Chancellorsville, where his equipment’s were perforated with bullets. At Cold Harbor he was struck five times, being wounded twice, and having musket or grape shot through hat, haversack, and coat. He says:

"I shall never forget my ambulance ride with Captain Shackford from Cold Harbor to White House landing." He rejoined the regiment after the Siege of Petersburg, was present at the battle of Bermuda Hundred, and led a provisional battalion, which he commanded for a while…

After the war he received the degree of L. L. B., from the Albany Law School. NY. and settled in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He has been judge of the municipal court, and was elected to the legislature by several thousand plurality though a candidate of the minority. He died December 19, 1893.”    [ad]

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