THREE-QUARTER SEATED VIEW OF ID’D 15TH PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY & 32ND EMERGENCY REGIMENT SOLDIER

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1/6 plate tintype image shows Samuel Bailey seated and posed with his hands in his lap. He wears a dark forage cap with upturned bill, dark frock coat and light trousers.

The image has good clarity but the chemicals on the plate have oxidized and darkened the area around the subject. Next to the subjects head is a rub mark with missing emulsion but the rub does not touch Bailey’s head.

Image comes in a worn split leather case with a scrollwork decorated scallop edged mat and usual scroll frame.

The ID can be confirmed by this writer whose history with the image goes back to 1982 when a friend rescued it, and several others, from a neighbor’s trash can in New Jersey. After speaking to the neighbor it was discovered that the soldier was Samuel Bailey, the great grandfather of the neighbor’s late husband. My friend then attempted to clean the image and caused the rub mark next to Bailey’s head. The photo was eventually sold by my friend and disappeared onto the collectors market for years until it recently turned up at a show and was purchased by us.

Samuel C. Bailey was born in Chester, Pennsylvania on January 29, 1844. He was 19 years old when he enlisted as a Private in Company G, 32nd Pennsylvania Emergency Regiment on June 26, 1863.

The regiment was raised for three months service in answer to the Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania and after the battle of Gettysburg they were discharged without seeing any action on August 1, 1863.

Bailey enlisted for a second time at Philadelphia as a Private in Company H, 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry on March 18, 1864. At the time he was described as being 5’ 5” tall with a florid complexion, blue eyes and chestnut hair. He was transferred to Company A just before his discharged on June 21, 1865.

After the war Bailey married and moved to Danville, Pennsylvania and later to Merchantville, New Jersey where he died on July 30, 1928. He is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Danville, Pennsylvania.  [ad]

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