BUST VIEW CDV OF 21ST MASSACHUSETTS ENLISTED POW WHO ROSE TO BE AN OFFICER – IRA B. GOODRICH

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Bust view of Ira B. Goodrich in the uniform of a Union lieutenant.

Image is clean with very good clarity and contrast.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for CHARLES F. LAMB… FITCHBURG, MASS. Identification is in modern pencil but the ID is confirmed by an online image.

Ira Blake Goodrich was born in Fitchburg on February 8, 1842. He was listed as a 19 year old machinist when he enlisted as a corporal in Company D, 21st Massachusetts Infantry. He was promoted to 1st sergeant on July 23, 1862 but was captured at Chantilly on September 1, 1862. He was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant the next day and returned to his Company after being paroled. On January 15, 1863 Goodrich made 1st lieutenant and was mustered out at the expiration of his term of service on August 30, 1864.

After the war he lived in Boston and worked in the railroad business. He was also a member of the Kinsley Post #113 of the GAR. He died on August 25, 1915 and is buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

The 21st Massachusetts served with the 9th Corps during most of its service seeing action at Roanoke Island, New Berne, 2nd Bull Run, Chantilly, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Bethesda Church, Petersburg, Weldon Railroad and Poplar Springs Church.   [ad] [ph:L]

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