WARTIME IMAGE OF 12TH NEW HAMPSHIRE SOLDIER COMMISSIONED TO LEAD “GALVANIZED YANKEES”

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Bust view CDV of Richard W. Musgrove in the uniform of a Captain. The visible top button of his dark frock coat is tinted gold while the rank field of his Captains shoulder straps are tinted blue.

Image has good clarity and contrast with minor wear to the edges and moderate surface dirt throughout.

Reverse has collector’s information in pencil and no photographer’s imprint. Surface of reverse shows some silverfish tracking.

The published history of his regiment says of him:

“This worthy officer was born in Bristol, November 21, 1840. His parents, James and Ann (Donker) Musgrove, were both natives of London, Eng., and his father was a cabin boy on a British man of war, in the War of 1812. When he enlisted he was fitting himself for college at Tilton Academy, but like so many others he left his books for the ranks of war.

In the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville (where he had one musket shattered and another knocked from his hands,) Gettysburg, and Wapping Heights, and was with the regiment until he was discharged to accept a commission as first lieutenant of Company I. First United States Volunteer Infantry (a regiment, organized by Gen. Butler, and composed of prisoners of war who had taken the oath of allegiance and enlisted into the service of the Union.) He was immediately sent with his company to the western frontier where he did efficient service against the Indians, being engaged in several skirmishes, and was promoted to captain.

Married December 21, 1869, to Henrietta M. Guild, of Newport, by whom he has six children (four girls and two boys), of whom he may well be proud. His wife and children all have rare gifts as players or singers and are well known throughout that section of the state where they have given many concerts as the " Musgrove family." The names of his children are Isadora M., Frank A., Carrie E., Mary I)., Anna B.. and Eugene R.

He carried the state colors for a day or two after the battle of Gettysburg. His brother, Abbott C, was in the One Hundred Fifteenth New York, and was color-bearer at the battle of Deep Bottom, where he was mortally wounded, but lived long enough to send a message home in which he said: "Tell my friends that I die happy, and die for my country."

After the war Captain Musgrove started the Bristol Enterprise, a newspaper which, under his judicious and discreet management, has grown to be one of the best county papers of the state. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1885, and senator in 1891, and had the honor of introducing in that body a resolution for a revision of the war records of the state which was so badly needed. He was town clerk for several years; has been president of the board of trustees of Minot-Sleeper library ; was six years on the public school board ; and has been for a long time recording steward of the official board of the Methodist church of Bristol.”

Musgrove died in Bristol, New Hampshire on February 19, 1914 and was buried there in Homeland Cemetery. [ad]

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