VERY NICE INK SIGNED SEATED VIEW OF MASSACHUSETTS QUARTERMASTER SERGEANT

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Image shows Theodore A. Barton seated holding his Model 1840 NCO sword in the crook of his leg. He wears a dark frock coat minus the usual piping on the collar and cuffs with large quartermaster sergeant stripes on each sleeve and light trousers. At his waist is his belt and sash. Belt has the Model 1851 NCO plate with applied silver wreath.

Image has excellent clarity and contrast. Paper and mount have only light surface dirt from age and storage.

Reverse has photographer’s imprint for BIERSTADT BROTHERS…NEW BEDFORD, MASS. At top is a strong period ink inscription “THEO. A. BARTON, Q. M . SERGNT. 3RD REGT. M.V.M.”

Theodore Ayrault Barton was born in Newport, Rhode Island on July 2, 1844. He was living and working as a clerk in New Bedford when he enlisted as quartermaster sergeant of the 3rd Massachusetts Infantry on September 18, 1862.

The 3rd Massachusetts was a 9 month regiment and served in the Department of North Carolina and saw action at Plymouth and Goldsboro in December of 1862 losing 18 enlisted men killed and died of wounds and disease. Barton was mustered out with his regiment on June 26, 1863.

Barton received a commission to 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery on August 25, 1863. However, he was only with them two months resigning for promotion the following October 16th.

Next, Barton served as 1st Lieutenant and quartermaster of the 58th Massachusetts Infantry. The regiment was assigned to the 9th Corps and saw action at Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. Lt. Barton was mustered out at Washington, D.C. on July 14, 1865.

After his discharge Barton took up residence in Providence, Rhode Island where he was an active member of Prescott Post #1 and the Slocum Post #10 of the GAR. He died in Providence on January 24, 1905 and is buried in Rural Cemetery, New Bedford, Massachusetts.  [ad]

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