Sixth plate ruby ambrotype. (Scattered spotting concentrated in top left portion of plate, strong clarity.) Housed in half pressed paper case (surface wear). Studio portrait of seated 2nd lieutenant with sword in hand, his buttons, insignia, belt plate, and sword tinted gold. With penciled note identifying the subject as "My brother Willie Dawson Sullivan / [signed] R.H. Sullivan."
At the age of 26, William D. Sullivan enlisted at Oswego, NY, as a sergeant and mustered into Co. I, 147th New York Infantry on 8/23/1862. The 147th NY was caught up in the precipitous retreat of the shattered 1st Corps through Gettysburg on the first day of fighting, and as a result, Sullivan was taken prisoner (7/1/1863). Following his parole, Sullivan was subsequently promoted to 2nd lieutenant 7/1/1864, around the time this portrait was likely taken, and discharged on 7/14/1865 at Washington, DC.
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