IDENTIFIED 1/6 PLATE TINTYPE OF UNION SOLDIER – LEVI M. BLACKLER, 1ST MASSACHUSETTS HEAVY ARTILLERY

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This photograph was part of a collection of images of men from Company G, 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery. The regiment was originally raised as the 14th Massachusetts Infantry on July 5, 1861. In January of 1862 the regiment was reorganized as heavy artillery and assigned to the defenses of Washington DC. In 1863 various companies were moved to different temporary assignments while most of the regiment remained in the Washington forts. In May of 1864 the whole regiment was assigned as infantry to the 2nd Corps in the Army of the Potomac for Grant’s Overland Campaign. Their first taste of heavy fighting was during the final phase of the Battle of Spotsylvania.

This image is a 1/6 plate tintype of Levi M. Blackler. He enlisted on July 5, 1861, was wounded on June 16, 1864 during the first assault on Petersburg, and was mustered out of service on July 31, 1865. In the image Blackler is seated with his arm resting on a side table with his kepi on the table. He wears his frock coat and accoutrement belt. The buttons, buckle, and insignia on his kepi are gilted. The flower prints on the side table coverlet are tinted red. The image is clear.  An ornate copper mat surrounds the image. Covered in glass and all pieces held together is typical copper border/frame.  A modern paper identification is taped on the back with his name (spelled wrong). The Civil War database has a different photo of him (without a beard) but they are the same person.  Comes with an engraved brass label from a previous collector’s display (also with incorrect spelling).   [jet]

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