G.A.R. GRAVE MARKER / COFFIN PLATE ID'D TO TO PRIVATE COLLINS H. KING, 52ND MASSACHUSETTS MILITIA INFANTRY

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Nickle-silver plaque, w/beveled edges, measuring 4.75 x 7.5". Inscribed as follows: "GAR / Collins H. King / Died Nov. 3d 1887 / Aged 48 yrs 2 mo. 25 dys.", with small crossed cannons & rifles, & an anchor and infantry horn engraved in the four corners. Old printed card taped to reverse: "Collins H. King/ Member 52nd Mass. Inf. Co. F". Plate exhibits medium tarnish, and a minor ding or two, while remaining entirely legible.

Collins H. King enlisted as a private and was mustered into Co. F, 52nd Massachusetts Infantry on 10/11/1862, and was discharged 8/14/1863. His unit was a nine month regiment which served in the Department of the Gulf, participating in the Siege & the assaults on Port Hudson, Louisiana, in May-July 1863. During service the 52nd MA lost 11 men killed and mortally wounded, and 101 by disease.  [jp] [ph:L]

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