Quarter plate tintype of a trooper mounted on horseback, with identification etched on reverse side of plate, "C.H. Precemeder / 'C' 1st US Cav. / Fort Bidwell / Cal. / April 26, 1878." Housed in thermoplastic Union case with geometric/scroll design.
Charles H. Precemeder enlisted as a private with Company C, 1st US Cavalry, in 1878, indicating that this image was taken at Fort Bidwell during his first year of military service. The 1st US Cavalry played a major roll in the Indian Wars, and during his time with the regiment, Precemeder participated in the Bannock War in Idaho and Southeastern Oregon and fought Apache Indians near Cedar Springs, Arizona, before being discharged in 1883.
Few slight imperfections in emulsion near lower left corner. Few faint vertical creases in plate. Very fine condition overall with strong contrast.
Some minor chips along edges and corners of case.
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