Id'd Civil War Cdv 66th Illinois Infantry Soldier Western Theater Sharpshooter For Sale
Offered is an antique Civil War Carte de Viste (CDV) of a soldier ID'd with period ink on the back as "Washington King in the war, 66th Illinois Inf.He is holding his musket with dress white gloves ready for action in a confident pose. You can clearly see his "all business" setup that includes his cartridge pouch, short tunic, US belt buckle and eagle belt plate. He is wearing a dark brown or black slouch hat typical of the Western Theater. I photographed it with natural and artificial lighting. It has a nice sepia tone to it, and is very clear.
Chicago, Illinois back mark on the reverse. CDV is in excellent condition. Measures:
Here is a bit on the 66th Illinois Infantry:
Under the authority of General John C. Fremont, Birge’s Western Sharpshooters were organized in the autumn of 1861 at Benton Barracks in St. Louis, Missouri. Comprised of men who volunteered to serve in the Union Army, they were mainly from the states of Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio, but also from Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. They had to pass a rigid shooting test before they could enlist with the Sharpshooter's unit. After qualifying, they were mustered in as Birge's Western Sharpshooters and attached to the Department of Missouri. The regiment was involved with the capture of Confederate controlled Fort Donelson and then were sent down the Tennessee River where they were engaged at the Battle of Shiloh. On April 14, 1862, they were redesignated as the Western Sharpshooters, 14th Regiment Missouri Infantry. After participating in the Siege of Corinth, the Sharpshooters fought at the Battles of Iuka and Corinth. In late 1862, the designation of the Regiment was changed to the 66th Illinois Infantry. Later, they fought under General William T. Sherman at several battles in the Atlanta Campaign. The regiment was present at Confederate Joe Johnston’s surrender in North Carolina and then marched to Washington D.C. through the former Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia. They were mustered out of the service in July of of Mount Zion Church Battle of Roan's Tan Yard (Silver Creek) Battle of Fort Donelson Battle of Shiloh Battle of Phillips Creek Siege of Corinth Battle of Iuka Battle of Corinth Hatchie River Battle of Snake Creek Gap Battle of Resaca Battle of Lay's Ferry Battle of Rome Cross Roads Battle of New Hope Church Battle of Dallas Battle of Kennesaw Mountain Battle of Ruff's Mill Nickajack Creek Battle of Atlanta Siege of Atlanta Battle of Lovejoy's Station Battle of Jonesborough March to the Sea Battle of Eden Cross Roads Second Battle of Fort McAllister Carolinas Campaign Battle of Congaree Creek Battle of Bentonville
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Id'd Civil War Cdv 66th Illinois Infantry Soldier Western Theater Sharpshooter: $213