R.H. Hendershot, Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock, 8th Michigan Infantry CDV

CDV of R.H. Hendershot, "Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock," made famous by his reported exploits during the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862. Uncredited. In this portrait, the young drummer is uniformed in full regalia, with "Drummer Boy of the Rappahanock, / at Fredericksburg" printed on verso.

Hendershot (ca 1849-1925) has been described as a rather self-serving character, who, with the patronage of George Eastman of New York, parlayed his "patriotism" into a mini commercial empire of wartime road shows, drumming exhibitions, and promotional merchandise, including cartes de visite.


Light toning and spotting. Mount verso with a few areas of more apparent staining and alphanumeric inscription, "DB4."

Estimate: $400 - $600
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