Pair of sixth plate cased images, one tintype and one ruby ambrotype, housed in the same full pressed paper case, with "Major and Mrs. / John S. Platner / late of the / 33rd N.Y.S.V. / Geneva NY" written on paper label. The tintype presents a bearded man, presumably Platner, in a dark suit and bow tie, possibly with a ribbon or medal around his neck, while Mrs. Platner appears before an outdoor studio backdrop, clad in a stylish polka dot dress with a latticework shawl and adornments in her hair and at her wrists.
John Strong Platner (1837-1868) of Clyde, NY enlisted as a captain on May 1, 1861 at the age of 24. He was commissioned into Company H, 33rd New York Infantry, a two-year regiment that fought at Seven Days, Antietam, and Fredericksburg, with a small detachment at Gettysburg. On September 22, 1863, Platner was commissioned into Field and Staff, 1st New York Cavalry, where he ultimately attained the rank of Brigadier-General by brevet in March of 1865. Platner survived the war and married Anna Louise Wright Platner (1842-1925), the subject of the ruby ambrotype, in 1868. Unhappily, their marriage was short-lived: John Platner died in early December of that same year at the couple's home in Geneva, NY.
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