June 13, 2019 12:00 PM EDT Cincinnati
Ends June 24, 2019


Twelve Civil War CDVs of Midwestern Soldiers, Incl. "Yankee Giant" Capt. David Van Buskirk and Pvt. Abner Edwards, 139th Illinois Volunteers

Lot of 12 CDVs of Civil War soldiers, most unidentified, with many taken by studios located in the Midwestern US, including J.H. Wagoner, IL; view of young man in civilian clothing credited to a woman, "Mrs. J.H. Fitzgibbon," St. Louis, MO; a view of a woman with a young boy, presumably her son, possibly in military costume, credited to John Schofield, Frankford, PA; and E.S. Walker, Columbus, OH. Additional highlights include the following: 

Three CDVs housed together in 4.75 x 9.75 in. frame, showing Abner Edwards, who served as a private with the 139th Illinois Volunteers from May through October of 1864. The trio includes one war-date portrait of Edwards, inscribed (presumably in his hand) on mount verso, and dated May 30, 1864. Imprint of T.J. Luccock, Peoria, IL. Accompanied by two post-war portraits of Edwards.

Uncredited CDV of Captain David Van Buskirk, the "Biggest Yankee in the World," standing in uniform in a studio setting, towering over a gentleman in civilian dress. Captain Van Buskirk served with the 27th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He stood at 6 feet 10.5 in. tall and weighed 300 lbs. It is rumored that he wore out five horses en route to Gettysburg.

Greenwall & Stringham, Army Photographers, CDV of young soldier with two cent revenue stamp on mount verso.


Range in condition from good to near excellent. Some with scattered spotting, staining. Some with corner/edge wear to mounts, trimmed mounts, or clipped corners. Some with creasing. Three with two-cent revenue stamps on verso. 

Estimate: $300 - $500


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