LEAF AND DRIED FLOWERS FROM SUFFOLK VIRGINIA BROUGHT HOME BY 40TH MASSACHUSETTS SOLDIER

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Item Code: 846-523

Item consists of a piece of old stock measuring approx. 6.00 x 4.00 inches with a period ink inscription that reads “PICKED FROM SUFOLK, VA. APRIL 20, 1863”

Sewn to the card below the inscription is a small tree leaf and parts of three dried flowers. Beneath is “JOSEPH NEWHALL.”

Joseph Newhall was born in Saugus, Massachusetts on July 7, 1835. He enlisted as a private in Company A, 40th Massachusetts Infantry on August 5, 1862 and was later promoted to corporal. He was mustered out at Richmond, Virginia on June 16, 1865.

During his time with the 40th it was present for Siege of Suffolk, Fort Wagner, Olustee, Drewry’s Bluff, Cold Harbor, Petersburg and the fall of Richmond. The regiment lost 5 officers and 192 men killed, died of wounds and disease.

After the war Newhall returned to Saugus where he was active in Democratic politics and an active member of the GAR rising to Commander of the General E. W. Hincks Post #95 in Saugus.

Newhall died at age 99 on January 9, 1935.   [ad] [PH:L]

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