Antique GEM PHOTO ALBUM w 5 CIVIL WAR SOLDIER CDV s Wheeler Palmer Mead Gillett (Gillette) Family of Greenwich / Stonington, Connecticut; circa 1860s. ALSO includes ID bracelet from soldier who was also in the family I believe it belonged to Noyes Denison Wheeler, the initials on it are N.Wheeler - whom I found online to have been a resident of New York. He wrote a letter to the editor of the Garrison's Liberator paper on Jul 20, 1863 about witnessing a lynching of some African-Americans in the city during a week of terror. It was signed Noyes Wheeler.
WONDERFUL estate item from the family estate. I also have 3 other family albums (that I will be listing separately) from the same estate that has more photos of the family and document the names. These families intermarried; they were some of the original founding families of Connecticut whose history goes back to the Mayflower immigrants from England. According to my research, one member of the Mead family actually went to fight on the Confederate side!
One photo is a Civil War Cavalry officer; multiple photos of William Mead (in uniform and in civilian clothing); and two other Union soldiers in uniform Connecticut (and possibly Maine, Massachusetts regiments). Also photographs of their wives and siblings are in the album.
There are 38 CDV's and 2 tintypes in the album. The backs of the photos have studio photographers' logo from CT, NY, NJ, and Maine. The album and photos are in EXCELLENT condition; only blemish is a bit of separation on inside of binding to 1 page, but nothing serious and does not affect the covering at all, or the turning of the board pages.
Size of album is 6" x 4 1/2". There are 40 photos total. Check my other listings for the other albums! By my research I believe this is the Civil War Soldier, WILLIAM MEAD, that was in this family.
May 14, 1864, Resaca, Gordon County, GA, interred Shockoe Hill Cemetery. "Mead, the son of a prominent minister, enlisted as a Private in Company "C, 1st Virginia Cavalry Regiment in Lexington, Virginia on 19 April 1861. In September 1862, in part using the influence of his mother and other respected persons in Richmond and elsewhere, Mead obtained a commission as a 1st Lieutenant in Company "A", 17th ("Yancey's") Alabama Infantry Battalion Sharpshooters (1st Brigade, 1st Division, Army of Mississippi). His superiors described him as efficient and competent. He was killed in action at the Battle of Resaca, while serving under his mother's cousin, Gen.
Joseph Wheeler, and was initially buried on that battlefield. Wheeler wrote to his mother on November 14, 1865: Last year I wrote several letters to Cousin Edward regarding his noble martyred brother who fell while gallantly defending the post of danger at Resaca Geo more than a year since. I saw Willie in the heat of the engagement, and was called to another portion of the line and upon returning found he had been killed during my absence.I immediately made a detail from of [sic] a staff officer and a portion of my escort who carried his body some four miles south of Resaca on the Calhoun road. They then made a rude coffin and interred his body in a gentlemans. Working file of Mary Lou Cook, updated 20 August 2017. After the battle I visited the grave the description & location of which I noted down with great accuracy and had several of my staff officers take a copy of the description so that some would certainly be preserved. I have sent for these notes and immediately upon their receipt will write you again. My Cousin Willie had by his real gallantry high culture and intelligence won the esteem & confidence of all his Generals. His remains were in fact recovered, and he was re-interred at Shockoe Hill Cemetery on 2 December 1865. Through the generosity of Mead family members, a government marker was placed at the grave in June 2015. Thanks to Mead family relatives Jim Mead and Leslie Sprott for supplying biographical information. The item "Antique GEM PHOTO ALBUM w5 CIVIL WAR SOLDIER CDV Wheeler Palmer Mead Gillett CT" is in sale since Thursday, January 24, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Photographs". The seller is "pita411" and is located in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
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