MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMAN ‘ROYAL S CARR, PRVT. E. 5TH REGIMENT.’
Royal S Carr, a 23 year old clerk and member of the Lawrence Light Guards (Volunteer Militia). The company was accepted in state service at Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, on 15 April, 1861, and arrived at Faneuil Hall, on Market Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, at 3 PM on 19 April, 1861. On 1st May 1861 the company mustered as "E" Co.5th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment (Militia). Initially stationed for the defence of Washington, the Regiment was one of just three Massachusetts regiments to see action at 1st Bull Run, the first battle of the Civil War. During the battle the regiment the regiment was heavily engaged, loosing 9 killed and 11 wounded and 22 prisoners. Of the 3 Massachusetts regiments at Bull Run, the 5th was the only 3 month Militia unit and as such were the only regiment to receive the Minuteman medal.
Carr and his regiment was Mustered Out just days after Bull Run on 31st July 1861 at Boston, MA.
On 20th August 1862, Carr mustered into company ‘C’ of the 39th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. Promoted Corporal 1st November 1863 and Sergeant on 10th May 1864 he was wounded in action at North Anna River, VA on 23rd May 1864 but was back with the regiment by August. Carr was Mustered Out on 2nd June 1865 at Readville, MA. During Carr’s service, the 39th participated in the Mine Run campaign, battle of the Wilderness, Laurel hill, Bethesda Church, Cold Harbor, the siege of Petersburg, Weldon rail-road, Hatcher's run, Gravelly run, and Five Forks.
Post War Carr was Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 18th US Infantry from 28th April 1866. The regiment then was split up over a number of outposts in Nebraska, Wyoming and Dakota (all bordering one another) during the conflicts with the Sioux and Cheyenne 1866-7. Initially Carr seems to have been in charge of a section of recruits, being noted at the regiment’s headquarters at Fort McPherson on 5Th March 1867 and after assigned to Company ‘I’. Carr had been sent there from another post in February 1867 but which is unclear but possibly this was his first Frontier assignment. Prior to his arrival at HQ, he had been promoted 1st Lieutenant on 25th Feb 1867. Carr’s exact service with the 18th whilst in Indian territory is unknown. However 5 months after arriving he resigned his Commission on August 12th 1867.
In later years he was a member of GAR Post # 148 (A. D. Weld) in Winchester, MA. He died on 30th October 1825 at Chelsea, MA.
Rare to find medal a medal to a soldier with such good service and as an Officer with Indian Wars service. Sold with research/service on CD.