Item #35083

Trunk Belonging to Capt George Howe 57th MA. Inf. (KIA at Petersburg)

  • Price: $3,495.00
  • Maker: U.S.
  • Model: Civil War
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  • Description: This is a typical luggage trunk of the period and measures 24” x 10 1/2” x 14”. The ends and edges are reinforced with riveted sheet metal protectors, as well as oaken spars providing additional protection on the top of the lid and floor. The trunk retains its original black painted finish with Capt. Howe's stenciled name and unit in white on one end. The unit designation is mostly obscured by a large paper shipping label that reads: “(AD)AMS EXP(RE)SS / FROM / Fortress Monroe”. The interior of the trunk is lined with 1930s or '40s wallpaper. George H. Howe was a 23 year old school teacher from Monson, MA, when he enlisted as a 1st Lieutenant on September 9, 1862. He was commissioned into Co. G, 46th MA Infantry on the same day and served until the unit mustered out in July of the following year. He re-enlisted on November 2, 1863, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Co. E, 57th MA Infantry, and was promoted to Captain on January 25, 1864. The 57th had a hard service history and, as the regimental history states: “...the 57th was one of the first regiments to enter the “Crater”, near Petersburg, on the morning of July 30, 1864. The regiment at this time was a mere skeleton, mustering less than 100 officers and men. Here General Bartlett, the brigade commander, was taken prisoner, Major Prescott and Captains Howe and Dresser of the 57th and one enlisted man were killed, 16 officers and men were wounded, 28 were missing, and the colors were lost. Only Lieutenant Doty and 46 men were left of this veteran regiment.” This is a rather tragic piece of Civil War personal property, in fine condition, and belonged to a man who lost his life in one of the most famous episodes of the Siege of Petersburg.