POST-WAR CABINET CARD PHOTO OF 2ND NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIVATE KILLED AT 2ND BULL RUN

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Image is a post-war cabinet card copy of a wartime image that shows William D. Coffin of Company G. He wears a dark civilian suit with dark shirt and dark bowtie. Bottom of the mount has a printed caption with his name and Company.

Image has good clarity with passable contrast. Mount and paper are good.

Photographer’s mark can be seen under the label on the front. Mark reads MUNSEY…LAKEPORT, N. H.

Period ink inscription on reverse reads “WILLIAM D. COFFIN CO. G.”

William D. Coffin was born in Concord. He enlisted as a Private in Company G, 2nd New Hampshire Infantry.

He was killed in action at 2nd Bull Run on August 29, 1862. The regimental history says of him;

“HE WAS A MACHINIST AND WORKING AT HIS TRADE IN MILFORD WHEN THE CALL CAME. LAYING ASIDE HIS TOOLS, HE PINNED A RED, WHITE AND BLUE ROSETTE UPON HIS BREAST, WENT AND HAD HIS PICTURE TAKEN, AND ENLISTED. HE WAS A JOVIAL, LIGHT-HEARTED, BRAVE FELLOW FULL OF ANIMATION.”

His place of burial is not known.

The 2nd was a hard fought regiment seeing action at 1st Bull Run, Williamsburg, Oak Grove, Gaines’ Mill, White Oak Swamp, Malvern Hill, 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg where the 2nd bore the brunt of the assault on the Peach Orchard. After Gettysburg the 2nd garrisoned Point Lookout for a time before returning to the army to fight at Drewry’s Bluff, Cold Harbor and Petersburg.    [ad]

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