CDV Signed By Captain John Edward Smith 38th Massachusetts Infantry


Accidentally wounded by a bursting cannon at Newport News, Va  in February of 1862.

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CDV Signed By Captain John Edward Smith 38th Massachusetts Infantry.  John Edward Smith from Lynn, Ma., enlisted on April 19, 1861, into Co. I, 29th Mass. Volunteer Infantry as a 2nd Lieutenant, resigning on March 24, 1862.  He then was commissioned into Co, E as a captain into the 38th Mass., mustering out on July 12, 1865.

Smith was accidentally wounded by a bursting cannon barrel at Newport New, Va. on February 25, 1862.  He was later promoted to captain of Co. E, in August of that year.

Signed on the reverse, “Yours Truly / J E Smith/ Capt Co. E. 38th Regt.”

No backmark.


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.


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Weight .5 lbs