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    [Female Union Soldier.] Frances Hook Two Cartes de Visite.
    Both measuring 2.5" x 3.5", one with no imprint present, the other with a Thos. J. Merritt's Photograph Galleries, Nashville imprint on verso. The first is of Hook seen in an oval waist up portrait, wearing a Union uniform. An ornate border surrounds the photograph. Written in pencil on verso is "The Bould Soldier." The second is a seated portrait of Hook wearing a dress. She is identified on verso in pencil as "The Bould Soldier Boy as a Girl/Frank E. Hook from Chicago." Light toning in the upper right corner does not affect the image. Mounting remnants are seen in the upper right and lower left corners.

    Frances Hook was fourteen years old when she enlisted with her brother in the 11th Illinois Infantry. Her brother had raised her since the age of three, following the death of their parents. Posing as a boy under the alias "Frank Miller", Hook served her ninety-day enlistment without discovery. The pair re-enlisted and fought at Fort Henry and Fort Donelson until her brother was killed at the Battle of Shiloh. Hook left her old regiment and, under a new alias of "Frank Henderson", she enlisted in the 33rd Illinois and was wounded at the Battle of Fredericktown. While receiving medical care, her gender was discovered and she was promptly discharged. She then enlisted in the 90th Illinois and served during the Siege of Vicksburg and Battle of Missionary Ridge. She was captured in the summer of 1863 and sent to a prison in Atlanta. While attempting to escape, she was wounded in the thigh and was again discovered to be a woman. She was transported to a hospital in Nashville for treatment, which is where her military photograph was taken. She was then exchanged in February 1864 and promptly discharged. Reports as to her further activities vary, but Frances Hook eventually married and had a daughter, who applied for a military pension because of her mother's service. From the Bret J. Formichi American Civil War Rarities Collection.

    Condition: Dark edge toning and soiling. The bottom edges of both have been trimmed and are slightly uneven. Trimming minorly affects the dress of the larger image of Hook, but does not affect the oval image. Minor soiling on verso. Light silvering, else good.


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    October, 2019
    26th Saturday
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