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.
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
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, USA. Lucretia 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.
MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER MILITIA (INFANTRY) (NINE MONTHS)