A nice upper bust view, signed with rank and unit designation in the 58th Mass.
Theodore A. Barton, was a 21 year old clerk from New Bedford, Mass when he enlisted as Quartermaster Sergeant in the 3rd Mass. Infantry on October 15, 1862, and mustered out in June of 1863. He saw service for 9 months in the Department of North Carolina.
In August of 1863, Barton was commissioned into the unassigned 2nd Mass. Heavy Artillery and again saw service in North Carolina. In the brief time this regiment was in service, its heavy causality numbers (nearly 300 taken prisoner, and many other died during a Yellow Fever epidemic. Barton escaped all that to discharge early to take a commission with the 58th Mass Infantry as that regiments Quartermaster on October 19, 1864 and mustered out at Washington, D.C. on July 14, 1865.
The 58th Mass was heavily engaged in battle after battle in the final year of the war, beginning with the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Siege of Petersburg, and Weldon Railroad, etc.
Barton was very active in the G.A.R. in Rhode Island after the war.
A fine image photographed by George F. Parlow, New Bedford. Signed, “With Compliments/ T.A. Barton/ 1st Lt. & RQM, 58th Mass. Regt.” in period ink.