Full portrait of Federal Private John F. Cook of Company F of the Forty-Fourth Massachusetts Militia. ID'd in pencil on the back. Hands clasped over his belt buckle. He is wearing his kepi, an enlistedman's frock coat and a haversack slung over his shoulder. Excellent view of the Haversack. The Forty-Fourth Massachusetts Infantry Militia was formed at Readville Massachusetts and mustered in on September 12, 1862. Mustered out of service in June of 1863. The 44th Mass spent most of its service on garrison duty in North Carolina. Served at Kinston, Whitehall and at the skirmishes at Deep Gully. Spent much of the war at NewBerne North Carolina. Dated on the back in pencil September 1862, so the image was taken at Readville, Massachusetts shortly after Cook enlisted. Likely the brother or close relative of 2004.001.1374 Charles E. Cook.
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