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Henry O. Nightingale, c. 1864, age 20. Born in England, Nightingale emigrated to America when he was five and joined the Union Army in 1861 at the age of seventeen. He was promoted to corporal after the Battle of Gettysburg. This picture was taken before he was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864 and his left arm was partially amputated. He was also present at Ford’s Theatre when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.
First Black Regiment, South Carolina 1st, Massachusetts 54th. "Glory Regiment" " No. 35 Dress Parade of the First South Carolina Regiment (colored) near Beaufort S.C. The only view of this regiment ever made." Published by John C. Taylor (originally by E. & H. T. Anthony) from the negatives by Brady & Co. The original price was 25 cents.
Seeing a woman in the midst of the hotly contested Civil War battlefield of Spotsylvania surprised the veteran officer of the 8th Ohio Infantry Regiment! Seeing her in uniform - a Zouave uniform at that - astonished him all the more. She was the famous Vivandiere, Marie Tepe, who served with in the 114th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
William Matthews was so enthusiastic about the new First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry in 1862 that he was one of the first to volunteer. Matthews’ enthusiasm spread and he convinced a number of exslaves to enlist in the regiment. The Leavenworth businessman soon was appointed captain, the highest ranking African American officer in the regiment. He is probably wearing two pistols because if captured, he would be executed immediately.
Private William Henry Lord, a cavalryman, sits alert and ready for the next ride. CDV by George Wertz, Kansas City, Mo. A yet unmuddied enlistee from Bleeding Kansas, the last state to enter the Union before Fort Sumter, Lord was in the Eleventh Kansas Volunteer Cavalry; he was wounded in the shoulder in October 1864 but rejoined his company and was mustered out in September 1865.