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Posted 6 years ago

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This is an identified carte de visite (CDV) of a Civil War soldier.

The period ink ID on the back identifies the soldier as "Thomas Nelson, Co. E 3rd Reg(iment) Wis(consin) Vol(unteers)".

The 3rd Wisonsin was a hard fought Regiment-- Antietam (over 200 casualties), Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and the Atlanta Campaign.

Pvt Nelson enlisted 20 JAN 64. On 25 May 64, he was wounded at Dallas Georgia. He was sent back to Wisconsin to recover and it was during that time that he had this CDV made. The CDV is cancelled with a "64" putting this image at some point between 1 SEP 64 and 31 DEC 64.

Additionally, I can surmise that Nelson suffered a leg injury as he is holding a cane in his hand.

Nelson never returned to the 3rd Wisconsin. In January of 1865, he was discharged to accept a promotion in the 45th Wisconsin. The 45th was part of the occupation force in Nashville, TN. LT Nelson served in this unit until the end of the War. On 20 JUN 65, he resigned his commission and returned to Wisconsin.

Reproduction of these images in any form is not authorized.



  1. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks for looking and commenting bellin.

    I have no plans to winter in WI!

  2. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks for looking cultcha.

  3. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
    Good old Wisconsin man ! Got to love this piece of our history ,right Sean :-)
  4. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks manikin.

    He is wearing large domed WI State seal buttons. It is hard to see them on my photographs posted here but they stand out when looking at the actual image.

    I'll see if I can blow one up and post here for you folks from Wisconsin!

  5. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
    Always good to see an identified CdV of a soldier.
  6. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks for looking and commenting rniederman.

  7. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks official and pw.

  8. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks for looking petey, blunderbuss, walksoftly, mikko and vetraio.

  9. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks again toracat!

  10. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks tlmbaran.

  11. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks flyrr.

  12. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks antiquesareamazing.

  13. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks tom and official!


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