Signed image on the reverse with rank, co., regt., residence, and date.
This nice image of a seated 1st Lt. James N. Cox, was taken by Knowles & Hillman, New Bedford, Mass. It was penned in period ink, “James N. Cox/ Lieut.- Co G. 58th Regt./ Fairhaven/ Mass/ April 27, 1864.” The image is crisp and clean having been in the Lt. Ogden album in family hands until just recently. His shoulder straps are tinted with medium blue paint.
Lt. Cox first entered U.S. service a a private in the 3rd Mass Infantry on September 23, 1862, mustering into Company “I”, and mustering out in June of 1863, having seen service in the Department of North Carolina.
On April 2, 1864, he was commissioned into Company “G” of the 58th Mass Infantry. He saw hard service with the 58th Mass, as they were engaged constantly from entering the war in May of 1864 until the surrender in April of 1865; they mustered out of service at Washington, D.C. in July of that year. Cox suffered a slight wound at Cold Harbor, and again a gunshot would that was more serious. Apparently he kept the lead as souvenirs. (see his brief bio at: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/209978753/james-nye-cox
Cox was in the Tobacco business after the war, and was a member of G.A.R. Post 1, in New Bedford.