NICE INK ID IMAGE OF MUSICIAN IN THE 23RD MASSACHUSETTS AND THE BRIGADE BAND #1, CORPS d’AFRIQUE

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CDV is a bust view of Joseph F. Chaffin in a dark frock coat.

Bottom of the image is nicely inscribed in period ink “YOURS TRULY &c J. F. CHAFFIN, POST BAND, PORT HUDSON, LA.”

Contrast and clarity are very good and the paper and mount are clean.

Reverse is blank but for collector information in pencil.

James Farnsworth Chaffin was born in Oxford, Maine on March 27, 1839. At age nine he and his family moved to Northborough, Massachusetts where he spent his childhood. He eventually moved to Leominster, Massachusetts where he worked as a cabinet maker.

When the Civil War commenced Chaffin enlisted as a musician in the band of the 23rd Massachusetts. The regiment went to North Carolina where it took part in Burnsides North Carolina Campaign and was engaged at Roanoke Island, New Bern, and Whitehall.

In August of 1862 the 23rd’s regimental band was abolished and Chaffin was assigned to the quartermaster department of the 3rd Army Corps and served for a time as the forage master of General Daniel Sickles headquarters.

In November of 1863 Chaffin reenlisted as a musician in the Band of the Corps d’Afrique serving in the Department of the Gulf until the end of the war.

After the war Chaffin moved his family to Fitchburg, Massachusetts where he opened a music and piano store. He was an active member of the GAR being a member of the Charles H. Stevens Post #53 in Leominster and the Edwin V. Sumner Post #19 of Fitchburg. He was also active with the Odd Fellows, the Fitchburg Board of Trade and merchant Association.

Chaffin died on March 27, 1911 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Leominster, Massachusetts.     [ad][ph:L]

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