2nd New Hampshire Infantry Private named Abner Durgin who ultimately became a 1st Lieutenant. The CDV bears the backmark of “Photographed by Herman J. Currier, Fisherville, N.H.”
Durgin was born in Concord, New Hampshire, in 1840 and still living there when he enlisted on May 21, 1861, as a Private. On June 3, 1861, he mustered into “E” Co. NH 2nd Infantry. He re-enlisted on January 1, 1864, and was promoted to Quarter Master Sergeant on February 1, 1864, and transferred from company E to Field & Staff. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and Quartermaster on June 24, 1864. He was discharged on December 19, 1865, and thereafter lived in Concord.
During Durgin’s service, the New Hampshire 2nd Infantry saw action at, amongst others: First Bull Run, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Oak Grove (where it saw heavy losses), Glendale, Malvern Hill, Kettle Run, Second Bull Run, Chantilly, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Wapping Heights, Swift Creek, Drewry’s Bluff, and Cold Harbor.