Henry Meacham was a private in the 32nd Mass Infantry- wounded at Petersburg- right arm amputated.
A well publicized image named, “The Empty Sleeve” used many former amputees, and in this photograph is portrayed Civil War veteran, Henry Meacham, of the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry with a young girl on his lap, holding the empty sleeve.
Meacham was a carriage maker when he enlisted in 1863 as a private in the 32nd Mass., and after being severely wounded in the the right arm at Petersburg, Va., and subsequently amputated, he was discharged from service at Alexandria, Va. on August, 25, 1864.
The back mark is for G.P. Critcherson, Worcester, Mass.
From the Michael McAfee Collection.