POST-WAR CABINET CARD PHOTO OF 2ND NEW HAMPSHIRE SOLDIER WHO WAS LISTED AS MISSING AT GETTYSBURG AND WHO LATER RETURNED TO DUTY – THOMAS

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Item Code: P13729

Image shows Thomas Lees of Company B. He wears a light civilian suit with white shirt with a dark tie. Bottom of the mount has a printed caption with his rank, name and Company.

Image has very good clarity and contrast. Mount and paper have only minor surface dirt along the edges.

Reverse has a very nice period ink inscription that reads “THOMAS LEES. COMPANY B. 2ND N. H. VOL.”

Thomas Lees was born in Ashland, England in 1842. When he came to the United States is not known. He was living in Durham, New Hampshire when he enlisted as a private in Company B, 2nd New Hampshire Infantry on May 24, 1861. Lees rose through the ranks making corporal on November 15, 1861, sergeant January 15, 1862, 1st sergeant April 29, 1863 and was commissioned 2nd lieutenant on July 10, 1863 after returning to the regiment from the missing rolls after Gettysburg.

After the war Lees lived in Wolfeborough, New Hampshire where he managed a hotel called the Sheridan House. He died in Wolfeborough on July 12, 1883 and is buried there in Lakeview Cemetery.

The 2nd New Hampshire 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] [ph:M]

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