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SERGEANT MOSES F. LONG CARTE DE VISTE – KIA FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, DECEMBER 1862, 4TH MAINE INFANTRY:  A wonderful find, this 4” by 2 ¼” Carte de Viste is in excellent condition and pictures a Union Army Sergeant seated, dressed in a frock coat.  The reverse of the image is annotated in ink, “John Miller, your father; Moses F. Long, Moses’ father; Killed at Fredericksburg – 1862 Dec 18” and is printed with the photographer’s mark, “A. H. Dresser, Blue Hill, Maine.”. 

Upon researching the names and information contained in this inscription, the following information was uncovered.  Moses F. Long was born in Blue Hill, Maine in about 1838, and married a home town girl, Margaret Townes in Blue Hill on February 14, 1856.  They had two children, the second and germane to this CDV, Moses Albert Long was born in Jun of 1862 in Blue Hill, explaining the “Moses father” noted in the inscription.  Moses F. Long enlisted on November 9, 1861 in Company H, 4th Maine Infantry Regiment giving his age as 25 and his residence as Blue Hill. 

The regimental history records that the 4th Maine Infantry participated in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia on December 13, 1862.  According to the Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine for the year ending December 31, 1863, Sergeant Moses F. Long died on December 18, 1862, from wounds received on December 13, 1862, the date of the unit’s participation in the battle at Fredericksburg.  Moses’ widow Margaret remarried and in 1863, and again in 1877, Margaret applied for pension benefits for Moses’ service as the guardian of their two children.  In addition to the CDV, you will receive photocopies of the pension file record, family genealogical records, US Census records, and a unit history of the 4th Maine Infantry during the Civil War.  This is a significant image recording a Civil War Combat Veteran, and a casualty of that terrible war in one of the more infamous engagements.  There is more research that could be done to track the events of that day in December of 1862 to obtain a better fix on the circumstances of the Sergeant’s death and would open a portal for a very personal view of the Civil War.  SOLD


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