BUST VIEW CDV OF 40TH NEW YORK QUARTERMASTER

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Image is a vignette bust view of William H. Scammell wearing a dark frock coat buttoned only at the throat. Just visible under the coat is a matching dark vest.

Image is clear with good contrast with only light scattered surface dirt on the paper and mount edges.

Reverse has photographer’s imprint for E. LEWIS WIRES … MILFORD

ID is in modern pencil however it is confirmed by another image of Scammell found on-line. A Xerox copy of that image comes with this one.

William Henry Scammell was born in Milford, Massachusetts on June 21, 1838. The twenty-three-year-old enlisted as a Private in Company G, 40th New York Infantry at Yonkers on June 21, 1861.

The regiment, known as the Mozart Regiment, was assigned to the 3rd Corps of the Army of the Potomac. During his early service Scammell would be wounded to an undetermined degree at Fair Oaks on June 1, 1862. A post-war newspaper article states that the bullet was never removed and Scammell carried it in his body for the rest of his life.

On August 15, 1863 he was appointed Quartermaster Sergeant and became a re-enlisted veteran on December 28, 1863. He was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant and made Regimental Quartermaster on October 14, 1864. He was finally mustered out at Washington, D.C. on June 27, 1865.

After the war Scammell worked in the hotel business. He died in Milford, Massachusetts on May 26, 1880 and is buried there in Pine grove Cemetery.

The 40th New York served in the 3rd and 2nd Corps of the Army of the Potomac and saw action at Williamsburg, Fair Oakes, Glendale, Malvern Hill, 2nd Bull Run, Chantilly, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Deep Bottom, Weldon Railroad, Hatcher’s Run and Sailors Creek. During its service the regiment lost 32 officers and 398 men killed, died of wounds and disease plus many others wounded and survived.

Nice image from a hard-fought regiment. [ad]

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