Lot of 3, including 2 CDVs, the first of Kady Brownell (1842-1915) dressed in Zouave uniform, holding a carbine. A.G. Alexander: Boston, n.d. Identification and service record printed on verso. CDV-sized tintype of woman dressed in uniform, in 2.25 x 3.75 in. paper mount with inked notation below image, "Fulton Aug 9th 1875," and additional notation on verso, "Winnie as she looked when a boy." Raymond: Fulton, NY, 1875. Accompanied by engraving, 5.25 x 8.75 in. A Woman in Battle - "Michigan Bridget" Carrying the Flag. New York, NY: J.J. Cade, 1887.
Brownell, nee Southwell, was born in an army camp on the coast of Africa, but when her mother died shortly after her birth, she moved to Providence, RI and was raised by family friends. In the early 1860s, Kady worked as a weaver in the mills, where she met and fell in love with Robert Brownell. In 1861, with the start of the Civil War, Robert joined the 1st Rhode Island Infantry, and Kady was determined to enlist with him. After some convincing, Kady went with Robert, and she became the unofficial color bearer for the 1st RI. Following their 3-month enlistment with the 1st RI, the Brownells enlisted in the 5th RI Battalion. Kady was appointed a nurse and "Daughter of the Regiment." Her war record includes the 1st Battle of Bull Run and Battle of Newbern.
Brownell CDV: Toning to image and mount, as well as some surface spotting/soiling. Slight surface loss along left edge, near top corner of print. Edge/corner wear to mount.
CDV of "Winnie": image a little dark. Toning to paper mount, some soiling.
Engraving: trimmed along edges. Some surface soiling.
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