CDV Signed By 2nd Lieutenant Charles F Shaw 38th Massachusetts Infantry


Shaw served in the 38th as a private, NCO, and officer.

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CDV Signed By 2nd Lieutenant Charles F Shaw 38th Massachusetts Infantry.  Charles Frederick Shaw from New Bedford, Ma.. enlisted as a private into Co. H. 38th Mass Vols., on August 21, 1862, and mustered out with the regiment at  Savannah, Ga. on June 30, 1865.  He held appointments for corporal and sergeant, and commissions for 2nd and 1st lieutenant.

Signed on the reverse, “Charles F. Shaw / 2nd Lieut. 38th Mass. Vols.”

Photographed by A.D. Lytle, Baton Rouge, La.


This regiment was raised in the Boston area and south into Plymouth and Bristol counties.  They were part of the Banks Expedition to Louisiana, took part in the Siege of Port Hudson.  In the first assault the regiment had two enlisted men, and Lt.Col. William Rodman killed, with 14 wounded.  On the second assault the 38th lost 7 killed and 84 wounded.

In March of 1864 the 38th began its part of the Red River Expedition under General Banks.  The 19th Corps was transferred back to the east, and assigned to the Army of the Shenandoah, and took part in the battles of Winchester, Fishers Hill, and Cedar Creek having well over 100 casualties in a month’s time.

There remaining service was in North Carolina, guarding Sherman’s Army supplies, and confederate prisoners and moved to Savannah, Ga. until finally shipped home to Boston, arriving there in July of 1865.

Very good condition.

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Weight .5 lbs