SEATED VIEW OF MASSACHUSETTS OFFICER CAPTAIN JOSEPH FISKE

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CDV shows Captain Fiske seated by a table with his right arm resting on the tabletop next to his forage cap while his left arm rests in his lap. He wears a dark commercial sack coat that is cut more in the pattern of a civilian suit jacket with Captains shoulder straps. Fiske also wears matching dark trousers with a thin light leg stripe.

Image is clear and clean with good contrast.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for WHIPPLE…BOSTON. There is also some collector information in pencil. Identification is confirmed by several online images.

Joseph Emery Fiske was born October 23, 1839 in Needham, Massachusetts. He enlisted there for nine months service as a Sergeant in Company C, 43rd Massachusetts Infantry on September 1, 1862. At the time he listed himself as a 22 year old student.

The 43rd was sent to North Carolina where it saw action at Goldsboro, Whitehall and Little Washington. While with the 43rd Fiske was promoted to 1st Sargent on November 24, 1863. He was discharged for promotion on May 29, 1863 and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in Company B, 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery to rank from the same day.

The 2nd was sent to Virginia and then to North Carolina. Before the regiment took to the field Fiske was promoted to 1st Lieutenant July 30, 1863. After the regiment reached North Carolina he was promoted again, this time to Captain on October 9, 1863. Fiske and his regiment were captured in the siege of Plymouth, North Carolina on April 20, 1864. He was confined at Wilmington, North Carolina and Macon, Georgia before being released at Wilmington on February 16, 1865. Fiske was mustered out of the army on May 15, 1865.

After the war Fiske lived in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He died there on February 22, 1909 and was also buried there in Woodlawn Cemetery.  [ad]

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