IDENTIFIED CABINET CARD PHOTO OF OFFICER AND HORSE BY ALEXANDER GARDNER

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Image shows Lieutenant William M. Maynadier of Battery K, 1st US Light Artillery standing by his horse in a large open field. The image is clear with good contrast. Lt. Maynadier wears a kepi with crossed cannons on the front, a frock coat and knee high boots. In his left hand he holds the reins of his horse which is shown fully saddled. Two other horses can be seen in the background.

The image comes mounted on a white card with a blue double lined border with “ENTERED ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS, IN THE YEAR 1862, BY ALEXANDER GARDNER...” The mount has light amounts of surface dirt on it as does the image but it is nothing to detract from the quality of the item. The reverse of the mount has a period ink and pencil inscription that reads “TUCKER MAYNADIER NOW MAJOR MAYNADIER PAY DEPARTMENT ARMY OF THE POTOMAC 1864.” There is also some collector information in pencil.

The image itself meas. approx. 4.25 x 3.25 inches and with the mount it meas. approx. 6.00 x 4.50 inches.

With the photo is a clipped signature that reads “W. M. MAYNADIER, CAPT. 1ST ARTY. AND BVT. MAJ. US INSPECTOR AND MUSTERING OFF..”

William Murray Maynadier was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Battery K, 1st US Artillery on May 1, 1861 and was immediately raised to 1st Lieutenant on May 14th. He was with his Battery at Antietam where it went into action north of the famous “Bloody Lane.” The Battery held its position for a time until being driven back. Lt. Maynadier and an enlisted man rode back to the battery line through heavy fire to retrieve 2 caissons. For this action Maynadier received a Brevet promotion to Captain which later became permanent on June 4, 1864. At some point he was promoted to a staff position and by wars end he held the rank of Major by Brevet. He continued in the Army after the war spending most of his career in the Pay Department and died in 1898. He lies buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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