USCT OFFICER WHO SERVED IN THREE REGIMENTS - NICE PERIOD INK ID

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Image is a full standing CDV of John Watt who saw service in both the Regular Army and the Volunteer forces. Watt is posed with one hand resting on his sword. He wears a dark frock coat with captain’s shoulder straps and matching dark trousers. At his waist is his sword belt with rectangular Patter 185 officers plate with his sword attached.

Image has good clarity but the contrast is a bit light. Paper and mount have light surface dirt throughout and there is a light pencil mark on Watt’s forehead and face. Bottom of the mount has period pencil ID of “J. WATT.”

Reverse has collector information in modern pencil at top but at center is a very nice period ink ID that reads YOURS TRULY JOHN WATT 1st LIEUT. 38th U.S.C.I.”

John Watt was born in Scotland and later settled in the United States.

Watt was working as a clerk in New York City when he was commissioned a 1st lieutenant in the 16th US Infantry on September 9, 1861 but the commission was revoked and he was discharged February 3, 1862.

Next, Watt enlisted as a private in Company B, 13th New York Heavy Artillery on August 12, 1863. He was promoted corporal on January 1, 1865 and was discharged for promotion on May 20, 1865. While with the 13th Watt saw service as both infantry and artillery in Virginia and North Carolina.

After his promotion to 2nd lieutenant Watt joined Company C, 38th US Colored Troops in the 25th Corps of the Army of the James. Watt served with the regiment in Richmond just after the war and later in Texas. He was mustered out on January 25, 1867.  [ad]

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