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Posted 7 years ago

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I think that these might be of my GGGgrandfather. For some reason my Mom thinks he was a doctor in the Civil War at Getteysburg. I wonder if the photo is of Dr. Andrew Jackson Snively?

Mystery Solved


  1. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
    I found two "Andrew Snively"-- one OH, the other PA. Both enlisted after Gettysburg.

    Here is the information on the PA guy:

    Andrew J. Snively

    Enlisted on 7/23/1863 as a Private.

    On 7/23/1863 he mustered into "D" Co. PA 2nd Battn Infantry
    He was Mustered Out on 1/21/1864

    The man in your image most certainly is a Union soldier. His hat has the Infantry horn, with what looks like two numbers inside; so I don't think it is a guy in the "2"nd Infantry. He is wearing an oval buckle, but I cannot discern what type of plate-- most likely a "US" plate.

    The background with the tinted US Flag or Shield is very unusual and makes the image very desirable.

  2. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 7 years ago
    Wow. Scott you are amazing! I do live east of Gettysburg. I remember my Mom taking my brother and I to Devils Den and crawling around, up & over all the rocks when we were little. Maybe I'll take a drive out there this week!
    Thank-you so much for the info, I can't wait to share it w/ my brother!
    You are wonderful! You have been so kind with your knowledge on so many items! Thank-You!

  3. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 7 years ago
    Yes, he is the gentleman from Hanover, PA! Thank-You Again!
  4. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
    I would agree that the Andrew J. Snively on the "death card" is the soldier that I provided information on. His unit was established as a result of Gettsyburg and Lee's advance into PA. Since he was listed as a "private" he was not a Doctor during the Civil War. I double checked in History of Pennsylvania Volunteers (by Bates) and he is listed there as a private and Peter Young is listed as the BN surgeon. Most likely he became a Doctor after the war.

    The soldier in the ambrotype or tintype is wearing hat insignia that is NOT consistent with Snively. His Regimental number is inside of the horn insignia. The man in the photograph appears to have two numbers inside the horn, where Snively would have JUST the number "2".

  5. AmberRose AmberRose, 7 years ago
    Scott you really are Sherlock Holmes! Awesome information. I absolutely love watching you follow the clues.
  6. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
    Thanks AmberRose-- I really like antique photographs. The details can make a big difference in value and desirability.

  7. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 7 years ago
    the frame is very nice also
  8. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
    The "frame" is actually a case.

    Originally it would have had a top that covered the image and latched to the bottom with a small brass hook (you can still see it about midway on the right side).

    The cases were intended to protect the image from damage.

    The cases are also very useful in dating images. American cased images tend to date from the Civil War or earlier. "Loose" tintype images are usually post Civil War photographs.

  9. slayersith, 7 years ago
    i disagree scott the hook is on the other piece the pic is leaning against i think beux can verify this.
  10. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
    Sure looks like the case latch-- in the correct spot and right size.

    Don't know why that lamp base (??) would have a tiny brass catch poking out from it!

  11. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 7 years ago
    Yes, It is only half of the case. I wish I had the other half.
  12. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 7 years ago
    Bellin, I deleted your message just so it isn't just there.
    I'm dying to know!
    If you tell me that we made out at Lollapalooza I will die laughing!
    I have to return rental car right now, but I will follow up!
  13. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    Darling where are you ? missed you very much.. come back!!

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