POST-WAR CABINET CARD PHOTO OF 2ND NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIVATE WHO WAS TWICE WOUNDED AND ROSE TO LIUETENANT COLONEL IN A USCT REGIMENT – SMITH A. WHITFIELD

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Image shows Smith A. Whitfield of Company I. He wears a dark civilian suit with white shirt and dark bowtie. Bottom of the mount has a printed caption with his name and Company as well as a listing of the several regiments he served with.

Image has very good clarity and contrast. Mount has some light wear. Paper is good.

Reverse has no photographer’s imprint. Inscribed in period ink is “S. A. WHITFIELD CO. I, 2nd N.H.V.I.” Also written in light pencil is “WASHINGTON, D.C. 2D ASST. P. M. GENERAL.”

Smith Adams Whitfield was born in Francestown, New Hampshire on March 24, 1844. He enlisted as a private in Company I, 2nd New Hampshire Infantry on June 7, 1861. He was wounded in the battle of Williamsburg on May 5, 1862. On September 12, 1862 he was discharged for promotion and served as captain of Company G, 9th New Hampshire Infantry and was wounded at Antietam. Whitfield remained with the 9th until October 13, 1864 when he was appointed lieutenant colonel of the 123rd USCT. He was finally mustered out on October 16, 1865.

After the war Whitfield lived in Cincinnati, Ohio where he worked for the Internal Revenue Service and was later Postmaster and in Washington, D.C. where he was First Assistant Postmaster General under President Harrison. He then moved to Chicago where he went into the horse business. He died in Chicago, Illinois on December 2, 1895 and is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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.

The 9th New Hampshire served with the 9th Corps and was engaged at South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Jackson, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Bethesda Church, Cold Harbor and Petersburg.

The 123rd USCT was organized at Louisville, Kentucky on December 2, 1864 and served at Louisville and other points in the Department of Kentucky till October, 1865. The regiment was mustered out October 24, 1865.     [AD] [ph:L]

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