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CIVIL War CDV Photo Sgt. John L. Smith, 54th Pa Volunteer Infantry Regiment

CIVIL War CDV Photo Sgt. John L. Smith, 54th Pa Volunteer Infantry Regiment
CIVIL War CDV Photo Sgt. John L. Smith, 54th Pa Volunteer Infantry Regiment

CIVIL War CDV Photo Sgt. John L. Smith, 54th Pa Volunteer Infantry Regiment   CIVIL War CDV Photo Sgt. John L. Smith, 54th Pa Volunteer Infantry Regiment
This original 1860's cdv photo which is signed was found in a Civil War photo album with many identified soldiers of the 54th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment. This autographed cdv of an officer is signed in ink: Respectfully Yours J.

Smith Co E 54 P. He is listed as a sergeant who served in company E from December 1863 to July 1865. However, his uniform seems to indicate a higher rank.

The back has no photographer's marking. The cdv measures 3 15/16 inches by 2 3/8 inches.

The top & bottom borders have a few small bumped flaws. The top left corner has a very small light stain. There are a couple of tiny pin pricks on the surface above the gold frame design. Also there is slight wear in this area. Scroll down for information on the history of the PA 54th Regiment.

This item is inventory #9228. Is an estimate and the actual cost may differ. The following info in reference to the history of the 54th Pa. The 54th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment began recruiting members during August and September 1861. The companies were recruited from the following counties.

Company A Indiana and Cambria Counties. Company H Northampton, Cambria, and Somerset Counties. Company K Allentown, Lehigh County. Campbell was selected as colonel of the regiment, Barnabas McDermit as lieutenant colonel and John P. The companies were gathered together and organized at Camp Curtin in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. On February 27, 1862, the regiment was ordered to Washington, D.

And then sent to Harpers Ferry the following month. Once there, the companies were detached to various points along the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to defend it against guerrilla bands. On October 4, 1862, a Confederate force led by Brig. Imboden captured Companies B and K (both of which were exchanged in December). The regiment was later assigned to the VIII Corps as part of the 3rd Brigade, Second Division, and sent to Romney, West Virginia.

In January 1863, the 54th was transferred to the Department of West Virginia as part of the 4th Brigade, First Division. Campbell was given command of the brigade. Linton, promoted to lieutenant colonel after the resignation of McDermit, took charge of the regiment. Yutzy of company C was promoted to Major. Franz Sigel was put in command of the department by Lt. Grant and ordered to capture the Shenandoah Valley as part of Grant's spring offensive. On May 15, Sigel encountered Maj. Breckinridge's Confederate force in the Battle of New Market. The 54th Pennsylvania fought near the center of the Union line and managed to retreat in good order. The regiment lost 174 men in the battle, including Linton, who was wounded. David Hunter took command of the department from Sigel and embarked on the Lynchburg Campaign. During this campaign, the 54th lost eighty-four men. At the Battle of Piedmont, Private Thomas Evans of Company D seized the colors of the 45th Virginia Infantry, for which he would receive the Medal of Honor. On June 8, 1864, the enlistments for most of the 3rd and 4th Pennsylvania Reserve Regiments expired.

Those who were not mustered out were transferred to the 54th. On 18, June 1864 in action at Lynchburg, Virginia Private John William Mostoller voluntarily led a charge on a Confederate battery (the officers of his company being disabled) and compelled its hasty removal for which he would later be awarded a Medal of Honor.

After Hunter's withdrawal into West Virginia, Maj. Philip Sheridan was appointed commander of the Union forces (now called the Army of the Shenandoah) in the Valley. In December, Sheridan's army was transferred to Petersburg, and the 54th was assigned to the Army of the James, in which the 54th served for the rest of the war.

It participated in the capture of Fort Gregg during the breakout at Petersburg and in the Appomattox Campaign. At the Battle of High Bridge, the entire 54th Regiment was captured, but was released four days later. The regiment was sent first to Camp Parole at Annapolis, Maryland, and then to Harrisburg, where it was mustered out on July 15.

Killed and mortally wounded: 5 officers, 108 enlisted men. Died of disease: 2 officers, 137 enlisted men.

The regiment also had 3 Medal of Honor awardees. D, Captured the flag of the 45th VA at the Battle of Piedmont, 5 June 1864.

B, Led a charge against a rebel battery of artillery at the Battle of Lynchburg, 18 June 1864. E, Picked up a rifle and carried it through the Battle of Piedmont, 5 June 1864. The item "CIVIL WAR CDV PHOTO SGT. SMITH, 54TH PA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY REGIMENT" is in sale since Thursday, July 18, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Photographic Images\Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940)\CDVs".

The seller is "imajgin" and is located in Lampeter, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped worldwide.

  • Region of Origin: US
  • Modified Item: Yes
  • Framing: Unframed
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
  • Size Type/Largest Dimension: Small (Up to 7")
  • Listed By: Dealer or Reseller
  • Date of Creation: 1860-1869
  • Featured Refinements: Civil War CDV
  • Color: Sepia
  • Photo Type: CDV
  • Subject: Military & Political
  • Modification Description: Signed
  • Signed: Yes
  • Original/Reprint: Original Print

CIVIL War CDV Photo Sgt. John L. Smith, 54th Pa Volunteer Infantry Regiment   CIVIL War CDV Photo Sgt. John L. Smith, 54th Pa Volunteer Infantry Regiment