Lot of 4 CDVs of 38th Massachusetts Infantry officers, including two portraits of Captain Taylor P. Rundlet, the first a bust-length view. Washburn's Gallery: New Orleans, LA, n.d.; the second, a standing view of Rundlet leaning on his sword. McPherson & Oliver: New Orleans, LA, August 1863. Location and date penciled on verso. Enlisted as private with Co. A, 4th MA Battalion Infantry 5/1862, commissioned into Co. F, 38th MA Infantry, and promoted to captain 8/1862, WIA Port Hudson, LA, 5/29/1863, brevetted major 3/1865; autographed bust-length portrait of 1st Lieutenant George B. Oldham. Theodore Lilienthal: New Orleans, LA, n.d. Enlisted as corporal with Co. K, 38th MA Infantry, 8/1862, commissioned into 85th USCT, promoted to captain 5/1864, transferred to Co. K, 77th USCT, brevetted captain 3/1865, transferred to Co. K, 10th USCT Heavy Artillery; and autographed standing view of 2nd Lieutenant Jerome Washburn, signed on verso. A.D. Lytle: Baton Rouge, LA, n.d. Enlisted as private with Co. E, 4th MA Infantry 4/1861, mustered into Co. C, 38th MA, and promoted to sergeant 7/1862 and 2nd lieutenant 3/1863, commissioned into 20th MA Unattached Infantry.
The 38th MA shipped out for the Department of the Gulf in November 1862, assigned to the 19th Corps. A number of expeditions followed culminating with the siege and twin assaults on Port Hudson during April-July 1863. Then followed the disastrous Red River Campaign in which the regiment was but lightly engaged. In June 1864, the 38th MA returned east via Fortress Monroe and joined the Army of the Shenandoah under Sheridan as reinforcement. The regiment would participate in significant fighting opposed to Jubal Earlys' detached Corps, being in the thick of combat during the chain of battles at Opequan, Winchester, Fisher's Hill, and Cedar Creek. It was then once more transferred to Savannah as garrison troops, thence to various points along the North Carolina coast before returning to Savannah where it mustered out June 30, 1865.
Provenance:Eugene R. Groves Collection of 19th Century Photography
Rundlet CDVs: images a bit light. Each with toning, minor surface soiling. Light corner/edge wear to mounts.
Oldham CDV: one cent revenue stamp on verso. Minor soiling. Few minor scratches, pinpricks in the image/mount.
Washburn CDV: light, scattered spotting on verso. Light corner/edge wear to mount.
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