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    Posted 4 years ago

    scottvez
    (909 items)

    With less than 2,00 members at the start of the Civil War, USMC images are very hard to acquire. This RARE cdv photograph depicts USMC CPL Thomas W. Swayne.

    Online records show that 19 year old Swayne, enlisted in the USMC at Philadelphia, PA on 30 MAR 1861 and was assigned to the USS Minnesota.

    He served on the Minnesota for over 3 years. The USS Minnesota was the Flagship of the Atlantic Blockading Squadron and was part of the Battle of Hampton Roads. During which the ship ran aground and took several casualties after being fired on by the CSS Jamestown, Patrick Henry and Virginia (Merrimack).

    In May of 1864, Swayne was first noted as being transferred to the USS Malvern. The Malvern was a captured blockade runner that was used to enforce the Atlantic Blockade. The ship participated in the Fort Fisher Campaign.

    Swayne was promoted to CPL on 18 SEP 1864.

    In late MAR 1865, Swayne was transferred to Norfolk Station, VA with a status of awaiting discharge from the USS Malvern.

    He was discharged on 16 APR 1865 and returned to Philadelphia, where he worked for the railroad. He was tragically killed a short 5 years later in a train accident.

    Swayne's signing of the cdv in three different places is unusual!

    Tax stamps on the image would bracket it from 1 AUG 64- 31 JUL 66. Based on the CPL rank (18 SEP 64) and location, I would suspect the image was made close to his discharge from service.

    Do not reproduce photos without my permission.

    scott

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    Comments

    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Incredible history and photo of this gentleman! Quite a solder!
    2. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks for looking scott-- Swayne has a great and early Marine combat history!

      scott
    3. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks much peggy!

      scott
    4. Alan2310 Alan2310, 4 years ago
      Great write up Scott.
      Beautiful CDV from that era.

      Regards
      Alan
    5. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks alan-- appreciate you looking and commenting.

      scott
    6. Alan2310 Alan2310, 4 years ago
      You are very welcome Scott.
      BTW, i did't update my post yet on--G .A.Meagher, I receive news from the ROM museum fews week ago, it's unfortunate but wrong individual.
      They keep looking, they think about some others skater, that have maybe competed against Meagers, it could be still interesting to know I guess who he was ?

      Regards
      Alan
    7. frank1956 frank1956, 4 years ago
      Excellent image Scott. Thanks for sharing..
    8. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Too bad it didn't pan out on the image, alan.

      It is still an interesting image on it's own merits.

      scott
    9. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks for looking frank and bobby!

      scott
    10. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks for looking spirit!

      scott
    11. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks for looking david!

      scott
    12. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks tom!

      scott
    13. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks much vo!

      scott
    14. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks for looking tassie and vetraio!

      scott
    15. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks for looking frank.

      scott

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