Civil War Photograph

This material arrived in manila envelope postmarked Hampstead, NH.   There was no return address.  It was addressed to the LPL attention: resident historian.  The processor had never seen the ephemera, but the photograph had been on the cover of the Friends of the Library Historical Calendar 1994.  The photograph was not part of the Library collection when the processor started working at the LPL in 1996.

Contents

  1. Receipt of payment from the Paymaster general office (USA), Division of Referred Claims dated June 5, 1866.  This was for final payment of pay from Oct. 1, 1864 to Nov., 18, 1864 for Edward Hobbs 1st Lt of Co. D of the 1st Hev. Art.Reg.Mass. Signed by J. W. Nichols to Mr. White at the P. M. General Office.  [in pencil below For Sept. ’64 $105.59Bell 4864 Oct. 1/64 F]
  2. Program Washington Ball 2nd annual of the Warren Light Guard, February 22, 1858, in commemoration of Washington’s Birthday. 
  3. Program:Washington Ball The Warren Light Guard will give the fifth anniversary Ball at the City Hall, Lawrenceon Friday eve’g, Feb. 22d [1861]
  4. Woodcut: Attack on the Massachusetts6th at Baltimore, April 10th, 1861 entered according to an act of Congress 1862 Hurlbut Williams & Co. in the Clerks’ office of the District Court of Connecticut (Wm. Momberger O. Pelton)
  5. 8×10 encapsulated photograph of a group of union soldiers.  14 men are posed in uniform in a sloping area of trees.  One tent in the background.

The 6th Massachusetts Infantry included many companies of mostly Lawrence men.  The City of Lawrence furnished I and F Companies of that regiment.  Company F, the “Warren Light Guard” was created in 1855 and named after Gen. Joseph Warren.  Company I, the “Lawrence Light Infantry,” was organized in 1849.

Edward Hobbs was born in New Hampshire June of 1839.  He enlisted July 5, 1861 from Salem, Massachusetts in Company D, 1st Heavy Artillery Regiment Massachusetts.  He was promoted to full 2nd lieutenant Jan. 18, 1862 and full 1st Lieutenant June 10, 1862.  He received a disability discharge Nov. 18, 1864.  He listed his occupation as artist.  He married Caroline Hobbs and lived in Salem at least through 1880.  By 1900 Hobbs was living in Medford, Massachusetts.

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