Identification Stencil, Andrew Sullivan 21st Company, 4th Massachusetts Heavy Artillery - Inventory Number: IDE 170
Brass and tin stencil, privately purchased and used to mark a soldier’s personal effects and equipment, owned by Andrew Sullivan of the 21st Company Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, which was consolidated with a number of other unattached companies in November 1864 to form the 4th Massachusetts Heavy Artillery. The stencil measures 4” by 1 ¾” and remains in very good condition.
Andrew Sullivan - Residence Westborough MA; an 18-year-old Farmer. Enlisted on 8/13/1864 as a Private. On 8/15/1864 he mustered into "F" Co. MA 4th Heavy Artillery. He was Mustered Out on 6/17/1865 at Washington, DC. Born in 1846. Member of GAR Post # 163 (General J. G. Foster) in South Framingham, MA.
MASSACHUSETTS 4TH HEAVY ARTILLERY
One Year Fourth Regiment, Heavy Artillery.-Col., William S. King; Lieut.Col., Samuel C. Hart; Majs., Francis E. Boyd, William N. Meserve, Joseph W. Gelray. The number on the regimental rolls of the 4th was 72 officers, 1,769 enlisted men. One officer and 20 enlisted men died by accident or disease during its service. The regiment was recruited for one year's service, and was composed of the 17th to 28th unattached companies of heavy artillery, which were mustered into service in Aug., 1864. They were consolidated into a regiment by Special Order of the war department, dated Nov. 12, 1864. The several companies left the state in three detachments about the middle of Sept., 1864, and were stationed on garrison duty in the defenses of Washington during their entire term of service. The regiment was mustered out of service June 17, 1865.
Comes housed in a display case with red velvet backing and descriptive card.
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