Id’d Civil War Valise of Sgt. Aaron A. Currier – 4th Massachusetts Infantry


Id’d Civil War Valise of  Sgt. Aaron A. Currier – 4th Massachusetts Infantry – This is a fine example of a Civil War period valise or trunk, used by a soldier, to carry and store his belongings when he was transferred to his duty station. This trunk’s condition is superb; it retains its complete, original canvas travel cover, as well as its complete, original leatherette covering of the trunk proper, decoratively tacked to the body of the trunk with all original, brass, domed tacks. The interior of the trunk is lined, as many were, in a thin, cotton or linen. Covering the attractive, Eagle Lock Company, brass lock, is a leather safe; both carrying handles remain, scuffed from use, but strong. Private Currier’s initials “A.A.C”. are represented by brass tacks on the front of the trunk; also, the majority of a hand inked shipping tag, tacked to the trunk remains and reads – “__ A. Currier”, as well as some additional writing that appears to say either “Jersey” or “Ferry” and the name of a street. Private Currier enlisted, during the summer of 1862, in the 4th Massachusetts Infantry, a nine-month unit. Within a month, Currier was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. The 4th Mass. was sent, in early 1863, to Louisiana, where the regiment assisted the Union naval operations, under the aegis of Admiral Farragut, as well as participated in the assault on Fort Bisland and Port Hudson. The regiment would lose several men as prisoners, to the Confederates, at Bashear City, Louisiana.  We have had several varieties of soldier’s trunks and valises, but this example is, by far, one of the best we have had.

Measurements: Length – 23″; Depth – 15.5″; Height – 12″.

 Aaron A. Currier

Residence Lawrence MA; a 25 year-old Carpenter. Enlisted on 8/26/1862 as a Sergeant. On 9/1/1862 he mustered into “B” Co. MA 4th Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 8/28/1863 at Camp Hooker, Lakeville, MA Promotions: Sergt 9/3/1862

4th MA Infantry


Organized: Camp Hooker, Lakeville, MA on 9/23/62. Mustered Out: 8/28/63 at Camp Hooker, Lakeville, MA.Officers Killed or Mortally Wounded: 1; Officers Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 2; Enlisted Men Killed or Mortally Wounded: 19; Enlisted Men Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 129








Feb ’63 Aug ’63 1 3 19 Army and Dept of the Gulf New Organization, Mustered Out


 Albert Currier, 1878 – 1957

Albert Currier was born on month day 1878, at birth place, Massachusetts, to Aaron Currier and Lucretia Currier (born Wills). Aaron was born in July 1837, in New Hampshire, USALucretia was born in April 1838, in Vermont, USA. Albert had 3 siblings: Ella Currier and 2 other siblings. Albert lived in 1880, at address, Massachusetts. He lived in 1900, at address, Massachusetts. He lived in 1910, at address, Massachusetts.



     Under the call of August 4, 1862, for 300,000 militia to serve nine months, 19,080 being the number assigned to the quota of Massachusetts, the 4th Regt. again volunteered and was ordered to Camp Joe Hooker at Lakeville, Mass., to recruit to war strength.  Its companies were mustered into the United States service on various dates between Sept. 1, and Sept. 26, while the field and staff were mostly mustered December 16.  On the 27th of December the regiment proceeded to New York where it embarked for Louisiana.  It left New York Harbor January 3, 1863, and arrived at Carrolton, La., February 13. On March 7 it arrived at Baton Rouge, La., forming a part of Ingraham’s Brigade, Emory’s Division, 19th Corps.  Here it cooperated with the Navy in the attempt of Admiral Farragut to run past the Port Hudson batteries.  It engaged in the attack on Fort Bisland, April 11 to 13, and joined in the pursuit of the Confederates as far as Franklin.  From the last of April until the 30th of May it was in or near Brashear City.  During the first two weeks in June it participated in the siege of Port Hudson and on June 14 took part in the assault.  After the surrender of the city July 8, the 4th Regt. did garrison duty in the defenses until the termination of its period of enlistment.  The regiment started for home via Cairo, Ill., on the 4th of August and arrived in Boston on the 17th. It was mustered out at Camp Joe Hooker, August 28. The muster out rolls of the 4th Regiment show that it was present at Brashear City, La., on the occasion of the capture of that place by the Confederates, June 23, 1863, and that it lost a large number of prisoners.