Lot of 2, featuring soldiers from the 108th USCT.
CDV full-length portrait of African American soldier. Gayford & Speidel: Rock Island, Illinois, n.d., ca 1865. Imprint on verso. Identified on verso by ink inscription as "Jake Staniford / Prvt. Co. F. 108 USCT." Accompanied by CDV full-length portrait of Union officer identified below image as "Geo. W. Ackles, 1st Lieut." P.B. Jones: Davenport, Iowa, n.d., ca 1863. Imprint on verso.
Organized at Louisville, Kentucky on June 20, 1864, the 108th United States Colored Infantry regiment consisted predominantly of formerly enslaved men from Kentucky as well as some free men. After garrison and guard duty at various points in Kentucky, the regiment arrived at Rock Island POW camp in Illinois. Here the 108th served guard duty over Confederate prisoners from January - May 1865 during which time these photographs were likely taken.
Records indicate that a Jacob Standerford (inscribed on the CDV as "Staniford") enlisted on 6/27/1864 with Co. F of the 108th USCT. Though he is identified on the CDV as a private, HDS indicates Standerford attained the rank of corporal. Gayford & Speidel Photographers were active in Rock Island in the 1860s, and are known to have photographed dozens of soldiers from the USCT. A group of 30 related Gayford & Speidel images of officers, non-commissioned officers, and enlisted men from the 108th Co. F are in the collection of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Standerford's image is not among them.
George W. Ackles enlisted on 9/20/1864 at Louisville as a 1st lieutenant and was commissioned into Co. G of the 108th Infantry. He served with USCT through 2/28/1865 at which time he was discharged for promotion.
Both CDVs have overall toning and minimal soil. Ackles CDV verso has a three cent green revenue stamp with modern pencil notations. Standerford CDV verso has modern pencil notations.
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