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    Frances Clayton: Woman Union Soldier Cartes de Visite. Pair of CDVs of Frances L. Clayton who disguised herself as a man and enlisted, along with her husband, in the Union army. She served for almost two years before being "outed" after a gunshot wound to the hip. We offer two cartes. One shows Clayton in civilian clothes, as a woman. The other shows her as a soldier. The civilian example with S. Masury of Boston back mark, is inscribed in pencil: "Francis L. Clatin 4 mo. heavy artillery Co. I 13th Cavalry Co. A 22 months". The military example (soiled with horizontal crease) also was taken at the Masury studio and is inscribed in ink on verso: "Frances L. Clatin 4 mo. heavy artillery Co. I 3 months Cavalry Co. A 19 months 22 in all". She apparently served in the Missouri cavalry and artillery and was quite adept at smoking, drinking, chewing tobacco and swearing. Her story is chronicled in the book I Will Pass for You Comrade. We do not know if she collected two pensions (one for her husband who was killed in action and a second one for herself).

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2015
    12th-13th Friday-Saturday
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