W. J. Gunther was a member of the 1st Massachusetts Volunteer Heavy Artillery Regiment. Originally raised as the 14th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, this regiment underwent reorganization on January 1, 1862, becoming a heavy artillery regiment. They served in various military garrisons around Washington, D.C., including forts such as Woodbury, Tillinghast, Craig, Albany, and DeKalb.
In their first significant engagement as a regiment, they faced Ewell’s Division at the Harris Farm Engagement near Spotsylvania, VA on May 19, 1864. During this battle, they suffered 55 killed, 312 wounded, and 27 missing.
Great ink signature on the verso, signed while a member of the 14th MVHA. Wear as shown.
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