Lt. John W. Ricker served in two Massachusetts regiments during the war, severely wounded during the siege.
John W. Ricker was a 37 year old painter from Newburyport when he enlisted in November of 1861 as a private in the 11th Massachusetts Infantry; he mustered into company “C” and discharged for disability on August 14, 1862.
In September of 1863, Ricker enlisted into company “A” of the 48th Massachusetts Infantry, and was promoted to sergeant major the following December, prior to the regiments joining the Department of the Gulf. He was again promoted, taking a commission as 1st Lt. in company “I,” in early May of 1863.
Lieutenant Ricker was one of the 93 men who volunteered from the 48th ( 116th NY contributed the difference, making up the 200 man volunteer unit ) to participate in the assault on the defenses of Port Hudson, known as the “Forlorn Hope,” where he suffered a severe wound in the right leg, which was soon after amputated.
This is a great image taken in Newburyport by photographer H.P. MacIntosh; a seated view while holding his 1850