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Joseph Pierce enlisted on July 26, 1862 and was mustered into the Fourteenth Regiment, Company F of the Connecticut Volunteer Infantry that became part of the Second Brigade of the Third Division, Second Army Corps of the Army of the Potomac. From 1862 to 1865, Pierce survived some of the bloodiest battles of the war and is believed to have achieved the highest rank of any Chinese American to serve in the Union Army, having reached the rank of Corporal.
Robert Gould Shaw, Col.,54th regiment. He led the first black regiment in the Union army, as recounted in the film "Glory," and died with many of them at the Second Battle of Fort Wagner near Charleston, S.C., in July 1863.
Marmaduke Marshall, Confederate Army Marshall, Orderly Sergeant of 17th Georgia Infantry; American Civil War, 1861-65; First Sergeant (later Captain) Marmaduke Marshall, Confederate Army Soldier (b/w photo), American Photographer, (19th century) / Private Collection / Peter Newark Military Pictures / The Bridgeman Art Library
The photo was taken by J. Jones at the Rendezvous of Distribution in Arlington, Virginia. This was a camp where soldiers, returning either after being exchanged as prisoners of war, or after recouperating from extensive wounds or illness, would be held until the army was ready to forward them on to their respective regiments at the front. The tax stamp indicates the photo dates between late 1864 and the end of the war in early 1865
Philip Sheridan "Little Phil" (1831-1888), Union cavalry commander, used brutal 'scorched earth' tactics in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Later became a strong supporter of Yellowstone National Park and architect of the Indian wars out west; he was made General of the Army shortly before his death