2nd Maine Infantry
Colonel 80th U.S. Colored Troops
Autographed carte de visite
(1837-99) Born in Northport, Maine. He enlisted on May 28, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into the 2nd Maine Infantry. Promoted to 1st lieutenant, Sept. 9, 1861; captain, July 15, 1862; mustered out of the regiment on June 9, 1863. Commissioned lieutenant colonel, 80th U.S. Colored Troops, on Sept. 1, 1863; promoted to colonel, Mar. 7, 1865, brevet brigadier general, Mar. 13, 1865; mustered out of the service on Mar. 1, 1867.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 1/2 x 4 card. Standing view in uniform with rank of 1st lieutenant, and wearing gauntlets and U.S. eagle belt plate. Boldly signed in ink on the front mount, With the regards of W.S. Mudgett. No backmark. Corners of the mount are trimmed. Small piece of the albumen print has chipped off at the upper right corner. This does not affect the subject. Light age toning and wear. Very fine content. Rare.