CDV-size tintype of Sergeant Jacob Darst in uniform, housed in a geometric Union case. Gold highlighting present at hat insignia, belt plate, buttons, sword belt, and the hilt of the sword Darst brandishes at his side. Pencil inscription to case interior behind image reading in part, "Mississipy [sic] Camp / August 11th 1862 / Taken of sergeant / Darst for Mrs. / Anne Darst."
Prior to his enlistment, Jacob Darst (1821-1906) worked as both a blacksmith and a canal boat operator in central Ohio. He learned the blacksmith trade from his uncle in New Philadelphia before opening his own ship in Lockport, where he lived with his first wife, Margaret, and their two children. He acquired his first canal boat in 1850 and grew increasingly involved in canal transport. After Margaret's death, Darst remarried, and he and his second wife, Anna, had seven children.
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