QUARTER-PLATE TINTYPE OF ARMED & IDENTIFIED 12TH MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY SOLDIER

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Full standing view identified on the reverse as Private Joseph W. Marden of Company I, 12th Massachusetts Infantry.

Marden is posed in the position of “PARADE REST” as prescribed in Hardee’s Light Infantry Tactics. He wears a dark forage cap, a matching frock coat with buttons that have been touched with gilt paint and light trousers. At his waist is his belt with oval “US” plate that has also been touched with gilt by the photographer. Marden’s Model 1842 musket is complete with sling and attached bayonet. He stands in front of a painted backdrop featuring a tree along one edge and an artillery piece on the other.

Behind the image is a paper label made from the flap of an envelope. The label and the writing look to date from the very early 20th Century. The label reads “JOSEPH WARREN MARDEN BORN IN STOUGHTON MASS FEB. 10 – 1840, DIED IN PORTSMOUTH N. H. MARCH 22, 1927” also “61-62 WAS ABOUT 21 YRS OLD JUST BEFORE HE WENT TO WAR.”

Image has excellent clarity and contrast and is very clean. It comes housed in a full leather case with a decorative scroll mat and stamped brass frame.

Joseph W. Marden was born in February 10, 1840. He was listed as a 21-year-old carpenter living in Stoughton when he enlisted as a private in Company I, 12th Massachusetts Infantry on June 26, 1861. He was discharged for disability on February 18, 1863. During his time of service the 12th saw action at Ball’s Bluff, 1st Winchester, Gaines Mill, Cedar Mountain, 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg.

Marden died in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on March 22, 1927 and is buried there in Harmony Grove Cemetery.

A published biography adds a bit to Mr. Marden’s story. It reads as follows:

“JOSEPH W. MARDEN, a prosperous contractor and builder of Portsmouth, N. H., was born in Massachusetts, February 10, 1840, a son of George and Sarah (Page) Marden…

Joseph W. Marden acquired his education in the common schools and subsequently served a three years' apprenticeship to the carpenter's trade. After the breaking out of the Civil War he enlisted for three years in Company I, Twelfth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers, and served twenty-one months, being then honorably discharged on account of disability. On returning home he resumed work at the carpenter's trade, working for a while as journeyman but later starting business on his own account. He has since continued in this line of industry--a period of thirty-three or thirty-four years--and is conducting a prosperous business, giving employment to about five men. He does considerable business in tar and gravel roofing, being the oldest roofer in the state. A republican in politics, he takes a good citizen's interest in local affairs, and served the town four years as assessor. He is a member of the Union Veteran Union and of the Grand Army of the Republic. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias, the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Junior Order American Mechanics, Pilgrim Fathers, Daughters of Liberty, Joy Temple Auxiliary branch of Eagles and Pythian Sisterhood, which he attends with his wife. Mr. Marden has been twice married: first to Mary P. Hammond of Eliot, Me., who died leaving five children-Carrie C., Paul, George, John and Sarah. He married secondly Mrs. Lydia D. Merrill whose maiden name was Lydia D. Watterman, she being the widow of Charles W. Merrill. Of this marriage there have been no children.”  [ad] [ph:M]

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