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African American Civil War Veteran Cabinet Card, Boston, circa 1882

Cabinet card of a bespectacled African American veteran of the Civil War. Foster: Boston, n.d., circa 1882. The subject likely served for some length of time reflected by the six long service stripes he wears on each cuff of his uniform. The single star he wears on his sleeve indicates the relatively senior rank of an enlisted boatswain, gunner, carpenter, or master's mate. The subject poses in a studio setting with a Model 1852 sword tucked in his belt, proudly displaying four reunion medals on his chest, including the GAR badge. An interesting image of a veteran reflecting the GAR at its zenith.  

Condition:

Few minor surface scuffs on print. Otherwise very fine condition. Small spot/stain along left edge of mount. Minor residue on mount verso. 

Starting Price: $400
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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