June 21, 2019 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


Johnny Clem CDV with Clipped Signature as Major General

CDV featuring Johnny Clem as a young boy outfitted in an infantry forage cap, child-sized sergeant's jacket, trousers with sergeant stripe, and NCO belt with side arm. Carte has descriptive information printed on verso calling him "the youngest soldier in the Army of the Cumberland," and detailing his involvement at Chickamauga. CDV accompanied by a clipped signature of Clem as Major General, 4.75 x 1.75 in.

Young Johnny Clem (1851-1937) joined the 22nd Michigan as a drummer boy and gained notoriety for killing a Rebel Colonel at Chickamauga. General Rosecrans promoted him to "honorary sergeant" and he remained a staff pet and orderly for General Thomas until September 1864. Clem was commissioned into the regular army in 1874 and retired in 1901 as a brevet major general.


CDV with surface soil, spotting, toning, some discoloration, and wear to edges (front and back); clipped signature with surface soil, minor discoloration, and wear to edges. Soiling and wear heavy in some spots. Bottom right corner of albumen coming unglued from mount, with diagonal fold crease.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000
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