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    Cased Sixth Plate Tintype of Identified Massachusetts Officer. The emulsion in the field above the sitter is scratched in retrograde with his name and identifies the subject as Lt. George W. Smith, 18th Massachusetts Volunteers. Depicted is a Union second lieutenant with his Model 1850 foot officer's sword resting against a table at his side. George W. Smith, of "H" Co., was commissioned in February, 1863 and had been a sergeant for nearly two years with a hard fighting regiment. His flinty eyes betray a grim familiarity with combat. The 18th Massachusetts had seen plenty of action in such notable campaigns as the Peninsula, Second Manassas, and Fredericksburg by the time this picture was taken. Good contrasts and surfaces. Case missing lid.

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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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