BUST VIEW OF IDENTIFIED UNION LIEUTENANT JOHN MCKAY, JR. WOUNDED AT PETERSBURG (4th MASSACHUSETTS INF., 7TH RHODE ISLAND INF.)

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Item Code: 224-543

CDV is of John McKay Jr. wearing a dark single-breasted frockcoat with a dark velvet collar and lieutenant’s shoulder straps.

Clarity and contrast are excellent as are the paper and mount.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for S. B. BROWN…PROVIDENCE, R. I. There is also most of a canceled 2 cent tax stamp and a modern ID with collector information in pencil. ID is confirmed by an on-line image.

John McKay Jr. was born in Johnston, Scotland on January 30, 1839. When he arrived in the United States is not known.

McKay was living in Canton, Massachusetts when he was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in Company A, 4th Massachusetts Infantry on April 22, 1861. The regiment served at Fort Monroe and 5 companies were engaged at Big Bethel, Virginia before being mustered out on July 22, 1861.

McKay next enlisted as a sergeant in Company H, 7th Rhode Island Infantry on September 4, 1862. He was wounded during the first attacks on Petersburg on June 29, 1864. McKay was commissioned 2nd lieutenant on July 25, 1864 but was not mustered. He was made 1st lieutenant on August 1, 1864 and was commanding his Company from March 15, 1865 until mustered out on June 9, 1865.

After the war McKay lived in Melrose, Massachusetts and was an active member of the W. L. Baker Post #86 in Northampton, Massachusetts. McKay died on February 16, 1916.

The 7th Rhode Island served most of its time with the 9th Corps and was engaged at Fredericksburg, Jackson, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Bethesda Church, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Poplar Springs Church and Weldon Railroad.  [ad] [ph:L]

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