CDV OF 25TH MASSACHUSETTS LIEUTENANT WHO DIED OF WOUNDS AT COLD HARBOR – HENRY MATTHEWS

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Photo is a waist-up view of Henry Matthews wearing a dark single-breasted frockcoat with 1st lieutenant’s shoulder straps.

Image contrast and clarity are excellent. Mount is good. Paper has some light surface dirt but is otherwise nice.

Reverse has an off center photographer’s imprint for CLAFLIN’S… WORCESTER, MASS. There is also a modern pencil ID which is confirmed by an online image.

Henry Matthews was a 33-year-old plumber living in Worcester when he enlisted as a corporal on April 19, 1861 in Company A, 3rd Massachusetts Rifles. The regiment served for three months at Fort McHenry in Baltimore and was discharged at Worcester, Massachusetts on August 3, 186.

Matthews next enlisted as 1st sergeant in Company D, 25th Massachusetts Infantry on October 10, 1861. He was commissioned 2nd lieutenant of Company G on July 8, 1862 and 1st lieutenant on January 2, 1863. According to the records, Matthews was present throughout his service only being absent for a short leave in May of 1863 and on recruiting duty in February of 1864. During the fighting at Cold Harbor on June 3, 1864 Matthews was wounded and died in a field hospital the next day. His final resting place is not known.

During Matthew’s service with the 25th Massachusetts the regiment spent most of its service in the 18th Corps. They were engaged at Roanoke Island, New Berne, Whitehall, Goldsboro, Arrowfield Church, Drewry’s Bluff and Cold Harbor.  [ad] [ph:L]

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