by "J.E. McClees, Philadelphia" with wonderful period ink inscription on verso that reads, "Wounded at Antietam and Fredericksburg/Col. Harry Boyd McKean(sic)/81st Regt. Penn Vols/One of my best friends." The bespectacled McKeen entered service as 1st Lieutenant & Adjutant of the regiment advancing rapidly despite wounds to become Colonel by November 1862. Indeed, McKeen suffered a third wound at Chancellorville in May. At Gettysburg, he assumed command of the First Brigade (Caldwell's Division, 2nd Corps) on July 2nd when Colonel Cross of the 5th New Hampshire was mortally wounded in the Wheatfield directing an attack. A valiant soldier, McKeen's luck ran out at Cold Harbor where he was killed in action on June 3, 1864.
Condition: Carte VG+. with very minor foxing and fairly sharp corners.