LATE 19TH CENTURY PHOTOGRAPH OF MEMBERS OF THE 140TH NEW YORK INFANTRY

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Item Code: 1054-656

Albumen photo by Harry D. Allen of Rochester showing a large group of veterans from the 140th New York Infantry. This regiment helped to defend the summit of Little Round Top on July 2, 1863.

The 9.25 x 7.00 inch image is mounted on a gray stock approx. 14.00 x 11.00 inches.

Image shows approx. 42 members of the regiment posed in an open field in front of a patch of woods. One man stands at center wearing the regiment’s zouave uniform and holding the remains of the regiments battle flag on the original staff. On each end there is a veteran holding a guidon. Due to glare only one can be made out and it displays the number “40” with the “1” not being visible due to a fold in the cloth. Two of the men wear 5th Corps badges while several wear GAR or regimental badges. There is a young boy at center wearing a dark uniform and kepi holding a bugle. The bareness of the trees and the dress of the subjects shows that the image was taken in fall or winter.

The clarity and contrast are excellent.

Bottom right corner of the mount is chipped and there is some light surface dirt but otherwise it is a wonderful image.

The 140th New York was organized on September 13, 1862. They served with the 12th and 5th Corps of the Army of the Potomac and saw action at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Mine Run, Wilderness, Laurel Hill, Spotsylvania, North Anna River and Petersburg. During its service the regiment lost 10 officers and 309 enlisted men killed, died of wounds and disease.

This regiment is well-known for its stand at Little Round Top at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. Reaching the crest of Little Round Top just as the Confederates were coming up the opposite side the 140th’s commanding officer, Col. Patrick Henry O’Rorke, led the regiment in a charge that cost him his life but stopped the Confederate advance up the hill.  [AD]

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