BUST VIEW CDV OF TWICE WOUNDED 12TH NEW HAMPSHIRE OFFICER

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Vignette image shows Captain Andrew M. Heath as a 1st Lieutenant. He wears a dark frock coat buttoned only at the throat.

Image is clear with excellent contrast. Paper has some minor surface dirt. Bottom of image and mount is boldly signed in ink “A. M. HEATH / ADJ. 12TH N.H.VOLS.” The top and bottom edges of the mount have been trimmed taking away the lower half of the second part of the inscription.

Reverse has collector’s information in pencil and is minus a photographer’s imprint.

Andrew McCleary Heath was born in Loudon, New Hampshire on February 23, 1836. He was 26 years old when he enlisted as 1st Sergeant of Company F, 12th New Hampshire Volunteers on September 5, 1862.

The 12th was assigned to the 3rd Corps of the Army of the Potomac where it saw its first action at Fredericksburg.

On January 15, 1863 Heath was promoted to Sergeant Major and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant on the 26th of that same month. The regiment suffered heavily at Chancellorsville with Heath being wounded to an undetermined degree on May 3, 1863. The heavy casualties suffered by the regiment left vacancies and Heath was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on May 12, 1863 and on the 1st of the following month he was appointed Adjutant.

At Gettysburg the regiment defended the area around the Klingle farm along the Emmitsburg Road suffering 17 killed, 68 wounded, 3 captured and 18 missing.

In December of 1863 the 12th New Hampshire was transferred to the 18th Corps and saw action at Williamsburg, Swift Creek, Drewry’s Bluff, Fort Stevens, Cold Harbor and Petersburg where Heath was wounded again during the battle of the Crater on July 30, 1864. Heath was promoted to Captain January 10, 1865 but not mustered in at that rank.

Heath was mustered out at Richmond on June 21, 1865.

The regimental history says of him in part: “He had grown up a rugged farmer's boy of more than average proportions, and received a liberal education; and from that until he enlisted he lived with his father on a farm, teaching school winters. He enlisted several for Company F, in his native town, and for this and his natural fitness he was made first sergeant. He was rapidly promoted until made adjutant of the regiment, which place he filled for a long time. He was in most, if not all, of the battles of the regiment, being wounded and taken prisoner in the Battle of Chancellorsville, and wounded slightly in the Siege of Petersburg. He was brigade staff officer for a while near the end of the war, and was always a brave and efficient officer wherever and whenever called upon.

After the war, in the winter of 1866, he married Lucy R., daughter of Oliver Green, of Pittsfield… His occupation after discharge was the same as before enlistment, farming and teaching. He was calm and collected in battle, and, though, while fully sensible of his danger, not being foolishly daring, he was always up to the demand of duty wherever that might call him. Colonel Barker, than whom none knew his worth better, often spoke of him in the highest terms, and in one of his letters to his wife wrote of him as being "good as gold."

He died on July 17, 1875 and is buried in Floral Park Cemetery, Pittsfield, New Hampshire.  [ad]

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