Posted 8 years ago
Civil War CDV image of a true hero.
Jonathan Prince Cilley, was a young lawyer when he became the first soldier to enlist in the 1st Maine Cavalry. Because of his zealous patriotism in raising a company, he was comissioned a Captain in Co. B.
During the course of the War, he was wounded several times and promoted.
Eventually he was given command of the 1st ME Cavalry! Towards the end of the war he received a brevet promotion to Brigadier General.
This particular image shows a young Cilley after suffering a serious wound at Middleton, VA in MAY of 1862. Initial reports were that he had been killed, while in fact he had survived and was being held by Confederate forces. He was released by the Confederacy and sent home to convalesce. While home, Cilley had this photograph taken. He wears the shoulder boards of a Major, while still wearing the single breast frock coat of a company grade officer.
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