Standing studio shot in frock with slouch hat – taken when serving with the 38th Mass.
CDV – Surgeon George F Thomson -38th Mass & 1st Bn Mass Cavalry. Thompson enlisted in August of 1862 as Asst Surgeon in the 38th MVM, and was later discharged for promotion on September 26, 1864. He was then commissioned as surgeon into the Mass 1st Battalion of Cavalry, mustering out in June of 1865.
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.
The image has no backmark.
Very good condition, with a few minor stains.