A “Minuteman” with the 8th Mass, and NCO & officer in the 38th Mass.
CDV Signed By 2nd Lieutenant Horatio E Macomber 38th Massachusetts Infantry. Horatio E. Macomber from Lynn, Ma., enlisted on April 30, 1861 as a private in Co. D, 8th Mass. Infantry, an early “Minuteman regiment that answered Lincoln’s call for volunteers to put down the rebellion, He mustered out of the 8th on August, 1. 1861. He then mustered into the 38th Mass. Infantry, Co. E. on August 22, 1862, as sergeant, and later held ranks of 1st and sergeant major before being commissioned a 2nd lieutenant on July 25, 1863, while in Louisiana.
Signed on the reverse, “H.E. Macomber / 2nd Lieute / 38 Mass. Vols.”
Photographed by A.D. Lytle, New Orleans.
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.
Good + condition.