Grouping of Letters, Images, Bullet Struck Cap Box of Edward Gazet 11th Mass. Inf. – KIA


Fine Grouping of Letters, Journal, Images, Bullet Struck Cap Box of Edward Gazet 11th Mass. Inf. – KIA – We have had many fine soldier’s letters, as well as diaries and even a bullet struck, Id’d Bible, yet this grouping is, by far, one of the most important and significant Id’d groupings we have had the pleasure of presenting on our site. This grouping includes: Pvt. Gazet’s bullet struck percussion cap box (stark evidence of the ultimately fatal wound) still containing four original percussion caps; Pvt. Gazet’s journal, replete with his daily observations during his brief service, as well as his poetic musings and writings; over 40 images, apparently family members and comrades, in ambrotype, tintype, daguerreotype and CDV formats; Pvt. Edward Gazet’s 1/9 plate, cased tintype, depicting him in uniform; several sketches done by Gazet during his military service, in Va., including a picture of the “Mystic”, a troop transport ship on which Gazet’s regiment traveled, a campsite shanty, and another ship; a hand drawn map, by Gazet, of his regiment’s campsite at the confluence of the Potomac River and Quantico Creek; sketches by Gazet when in camp; self portraits by Gazet, in uniform, with the patriotic label saying “To Richmond – Glory or Death”; several poignant letters of notification from hospital officials and army officers, telling Gazet’s family about his mortal wound and ensuing death, including one letter written and signed by famed Union surgeon, Reed Bontecou; Gazet’s war time journal, possibly transcribed, in the period, by his sister; what appears to be either a faded albumen or drawing of Pvt. Gazet’s sister and a long lock of her hair, that he carried with him. In toto, there are thirty some letters, all in archival, acid free, PVC free protectors; all of the letters were transcribed in 1989 – these transcriptions were bound and accompany the grouping. This is a superior collection, and one of the finest we have had. SOLD

Edward K. Gazette

Residence Boston MA; a 22 year-old Laborer.

Enlisted on 6/13/1861 as a Private.

On 6/13/1861 he mustered into “A” Co. MA 11th Infantry

He died of wounds on 5/15/1862 at Hampton, VA

He was listed as:

  • Wounded 5/5/1862 Williamsburg, VA


11th MA Infantry

( 3-years )

Organized: Camp Meigs, Readville, MA on 6/13/61Mustered Out: 7/14/65 at Camp Meigs, Readville, MAOfficers Killed or Mortally Wounded: 11Officers Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 2Enlisted Men Killed or Mortally Wounded: 153Enlisted Men Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 95

(Source: Fox, Regimental Losses)








Jun ’61 Aug ’61 1 3 Department of Northeastern Virginia New Organization
Aug ’61 Oct ’61 Hooker’s Army of Potomac
Oct ’61 Mar ’62 1 Hooker’s Army of Potomac
Mar ’62 Mar ’64 1 2 3 Army of Potomac
Mar ’64 May ’64 1 4 2 Army of Potomac
May ’64 Jul ’64 4 3 2 Army of Potomac
Jul ’64 Jun ’65 3 3 2 Army of Potomac Mustered Out






     The 11th Regt. Mass. Vol. Inf., known locally as the Boston Volunteers, was raised largely through the influence of George Clark, Jr., an old militia officer, who became its first colonel.  Eight companies were recruited at 179 Court Street, Boston, after which, May 9, 1861, the regiment was ordered to Fort Warren, where two other companies were added.  Here it was mustered into the service June 13, 1861.  On June 17 the regiment was transferred to Camp Cameron, North Cambridge. It left the State for Washington, D. C., June 29, and was located on the Treasury grounds near the White House.  It was one of the three Massachusetts regiments present at First Bull Run, July 21, 1861, being brigaded with the 5th Massachusetts and 1st Minnesota in Franklin’s Brigade, Heintzelman’s Division of McDowell’s army.  Here it lost 88 men, 21 being killed or mortally wounded.  In August it became a part of the famous Hooker Brigade.  During the early fall it was encamped at Bladensburg, did picket duty on the Potomac above Washington, assisted in building forts to protect the capital, and finally, about October 1, was transferred to Budd’s Ferry on the lower Potomac, where it passed the winter of 1861-62.

In the spring of 1862 it embarked for the Peninsula, where as a part of Grover’s Brigade, Hooker’s Division, Heintzelman’s (3d) Corps it participated in the siege of Yorktown, the battle of Williamsburg, May 5, and the battle of Fair Oaks, June 25.  In the other actions of the Peninsular campaign it was not heavily engaged.  After the battle of Malvern Hill it retired to Harrison’s Landing, where it remained until the middle of August, when it was transferred to the defenses of Washington.  Joining Gen. Pope’s army near Warrenton, Jc., as a part of Grover’s Brigade, Hooker’s Division, it was engaged at Catlett’s Sta., August 27, and was heavily engaged near Groveton (Manassas), August 29, where it led the assault on the famous railroad embankment, losing 28 officers and men killed or mortally wounded, including its lieutenant colonel, George E. Tileston.

After the Second Bull Run campaign was ended the regiment was encamped near Alexandria until November.  Gen. Carr now succeeded Gen. Grover in command of the brigade.  After Fredericksburg, where the regiment suffered small loss, it encamped near Falmouth for the winter of 1862-63. As a part of Carr’s Brigade, Berry’s Division, Sickles’ (3d) Corps, the 11th lost heavily at Chancellorsville, May 3d, 1863, and suffered still more severely at Gettysburg, July 2, while defending the line of the Emmittsburg road.  Here 37 officers and men were killed or mortally wounded.  The regiment was active in the fall campaign near the Rappahannock in October, participated with loss in the Mine Run campaign in the latter part of November, and helped cover the retreat of the army to its old camps near Brandy Sta., where it spent the winter of 1863-64.

In the spring of 1864 the 11th was made a part of Brewster’s Brigade, Mott’s Division, Hancock’s (2d) Corps.  In the battle of the Wilderness, May 5 and 6, 1864, the regiment was heavily engaged on the Plank road with severe loss.  At Spottsylvania, May 12, it participated in Hancock’s assault on the Bloody Angle.  About May 20 it received the recruits and re-enlisted men of the 1st Mass. Inf., which had completed its term of service.  It participated with slight loss in the operations near the North Anna and at Cold Harbor.  On June 12, the date of the expiration of service of the regiment, enough men re-enlisted to preserve its identity as the 11th Mass. Battalion, to which were added two companies of recruits and re-enlisted men of the 16th Regt.  The colonel of the 11th, William Blaisdell, was killed before Petersburg, June 23, 1864, while temporarily commanding the “Corcoran Legion.”  The 11th was engaged before Petersburg in the operations of the summer and fall of 1864, was in the pursuit of Lee’s army in April, 1865, and was near Appomattox the day of the surrender. Returning to Massachusetts, on July 14, 1865, the regiment was mustered out at Readville.

Source:  Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors & Marines in the Civil War


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