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    Triple-armed 1/6th Plate Ambrotype of Pennsylvania Cavalryman. Weapons, an identified soldier and nice condition make this a highly collectible Civil War photograph. ,A penciled notation in the case behind this fine image reads "Isaac C Davis 15 P V C". Young Davis enlisted as a private in Company "B", 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry on August 22, 1862 and was in for the ride of his life. Starting with the Battle of Stone's River in the winter of 1862, he campaigned continuously through East Tennessee, Southwestern Virginia and into Western North Carolina. His wartime experiences drew to a close as he participated in Stoneman's Raid and the pursuit of defeated Jefferson Davis. Private Davis earned his corporal's chevrons two years after enlistment and survived to muster out of service on June 21, 1865. This portrait was probably taken soon after enlistment in 1862. Davis wears a cavalry shell jacket with eagle buttons down its front. His Model 1860 cavalry saber hangs from a rig having a super clear M1851 sword belt plate. His firearms include a shiny.44 Colt Army revolver and what is either a Sharps or Smith carbine. Despite his formidable armament, Private Davis radiates the uncertainty that is shared by all men going to war. The image has three small areas of emulsion loss in the fields that do not detract. The surfaces are otherwise exemplary. The case has moderate wear and a somewhat loose spine as if someone looked often upon this portrait..

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    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
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