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    Posted 3 years ago

    scottvez
    (882 items)

    I love these Civil War images that, through a period identification, are able to tell a story.

    James Bentley enlisted as a Private in the 24th NY Infantry in MAY 1861. By October he was serving as a hospital steward (photo #3 shows the sleeve insignia authorized for the position).

    On 30 AUG 1862, James was captured by Confederate forces at the 2nd Bull Run. He was only held for a few days before being paroled.

    James then was commissioned into the 15 NJ Infantry as a 2nd Lieutenant.

    After the Battle of Gettysburg, he was noted as being in "delicate health" (possibly a PTSD issue as he was moved from a line position to assist the Quartermaster) and eventually resigned from the Regiment in FEB 1864.

    In his image, Bentley wears the early war NY State issue shell jacket with shoulder tabs and large NY buttons. He wears tall boots that would be more consistent with mounted troops.

    The carte de visite was most likely made by a local Virginia photographer (marked "Falmouth, VA" by Bentley) and can be dated to the time period of JUN- AUG 1862 based on Regimental locations.

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    Comments

    1. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks official and roddy!

      scott
    2. VioletOrange VioletOrange, 3 years ago
      Wonderful write up, possibly saves this man's history from oblivion
    3. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks vo-- I really enjoy investigating a soldier's name to learn his Battle/ War history.

      scott
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Great photo Scott! Your write up and history of this gentleman is awesome! I cannot imagine the things this man saw during his time in service, but I'm certain they would have traumatized anyone!!
    5. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks for looking scott-- I appreciate your kind words!

      scott
    6. filmnet filmnet, 3 years ago
      Great work again Scott! you are the best here.










    7. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks much film-- I appreciate your kind comments!

      scott
    8. frank1956 frank1956, 3 years ago
      Great CDV Scott. Falmouth, Va is about an hour north of where I live. Good Job!!!
    9. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks frank-- these "in the field" annotated cdvs are unusual to find.

      scott
    10. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks for looking fran.

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

      scott
    12. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks for looking frank and tintyper.

      scott
    13. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 3 years ago
      Nice part of history and your post will future generations of his family find out things may have never known WTG
      I was a little surprised how much some of these go for now however I found a book full (ending in 22 Hours on 4/11/17) for $120 seems like a steel but could jump a mile in 22 hours too.
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/311840094723?rmvSB=true
    14. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 3 years ago
      will *help* future
    15. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      No steal-- I only see a few General Officer images.

      It will probably jump a little before the end, but it isn't a huge bargain right now.

      The type of image (litho vs. life photo) makes a big difference in values as does a General Officer vs. an identified soldier.

      Lots of variables can make a HUGE difference in values.

      scott
    16. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 3 years ago
      AHH another VERY good reason foe me not to start a new collection at least until I learn a lot more before jumping in I would have thought 3 or 4 times where it's at, I'm new collectors make that mistake in any field, Thinks I'll stick with button's 4 now.
      Thanks
    17. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Yep-- take the time to learn before you throw your money in. There are bargains in online auctions.

      Shows are a good place to start-- you'll get to see hundreds of examples and ASK QUESTIONS. Most dealers are willing to share their knowledge.

      Where are you? Maybe I can recommend a show to "get your feet wet".

      scott

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