Identified Civil War Bandana / Handkerchief
Identified Civil War Bandana / Handkerchief – This cotton print bandana is in superb condition, exhibiting bright colors and a distinctive pattern. Its edges are all bound in period chain stitching. In the upper, left corner of the bandana is clearly stenciled: “Lt. S. Millett Thompson 13th N. H. Vol Inf’y”. The bandana measures as follows: L – 18” x W – 16”
|S. Millett Thompson was born in Barnstead, N.H., and lived in Durham, N.H. He enlisted on 13 August 1862 and joined Company E of the 13th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment on 19 September 1862 as a first sergeant. He was promoted to second lieutenant on 10 June 1863 and fought predominantly in Virginia during the Civil War. Wounded severely in the right ankle, during the Siege of Petersburg on 15 June 1864, in an attack on Battery No. 5, Thompson was discharged from an infirmary in Hampton, Va., on 4 October 1864. After the war, he moved to Providence, R.I., where he lived until his death on 26 May 1911. An extant collection of Thompson’s letters currently resides in the UNC Library and contains eleven letters, 1863-1864, written while Thompson served in the 13th New Hampshire Infantry. The letters were written to family members, and one letter, 18 April 1864, from Thompson requests a day pass to Richmond, Va. The letters describe troop movements around the Pamunkey and York Rivers, in Virginia, including General John A. Dix’s “Blackberry Raid,” the burning of Martha Washington’s house, and foraging. Later letters describe Thompson’s injuries from the Siege of Petersburg.
Lt. Thompson also authored a regimental history: The 13th Infantry New Hampshire Volunteers (three years) By S. MILLETT THOMPSON, late Second Lieutenant Thirteenth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, and Historian of the Regiment. SOLD