PIECE OF FLAG FROM THE COLORS OF THE 40TH MASSACHUSETTS

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Item Code: 846-525

Item consists of a piece of old stock measuring approx. 6.00 x 4.00 inches with a period ink inscription that reads “PIECE OF THE FLAG OF THE OLD 40TH REGIMENT. JOSEPH NEWHALL.”

Sewn to the card below the inscription is a 4.50 x 1.50 inch piece of red cotton bunting with a few strands of white attached.

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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