CDV FULL SEATED VIEW OF A PAIR OF OFFICERS FROM THE 205TH PENNSYLVANIA INFANTRY

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CDV image of two officers seated side by side and posed identically with legs crossed. Both men have their left hand holding the hilt of their swords and the right hand resting on a knee.

The officer on the left is Captain F. B. McClenahen of Company K, 205th Pennsylvania. He wears a forage cap and a dark frock coat with matching dark trousers that have a thin light leg stripe. At his waist he wears a sash and sword belt with an imported officer’s sword attached.

Next to the Captain is 2nd Lieutenant Jacob Kohler also of Company K, 205th Pennsylvania. He wears a slouch hat with a dark frock coat with matching dark trousers with a thin light leg stripe. At his waist he wears a sash and sword belt with Model 1850 Foot Officer’s sword attached. At close inspection it can be seen that he wears a shield shaped pin on his chest which is no doubt an ID badge.

The two officers are identified by a period pencil inscription on the bottom front portion of the mount.

Image is clear and bright with great contrast. There is a small age spot to right of the Captain’s head but this does not detract from the quality of the image.

Reverse has no photographer’s imprint and a modern collector’s ID in pencil.

Francis Breckenridge McClenahen was born in Milroy, Pennsylvania on September 29, 1840. He was commissioned a Captain in Company K, 205th Pennsylvania on September 2, 1864 and was promoted Major on April 2, 1865. McClenahen was mustered out at Alexandria, Virginia on June 2, 1865. After the war he returned to Milroy where he lived until his death on June 9, 1911. He was buried there in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Jacob Kohler was born March 14, 1832. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Company K, 205th Pennsylvania on September 2, 1864 and was mustered out at Alexandria, Virginia on June 2, 1865. After the war he married and raised a family and lived in Reedsville, Pa. where he died on May 17, 1915 and is buried there in Church Hill Cemetery.

The 205th Pennsylvania saw action in the Petersburg campaign with  the 18th and later the 9th Corps. Its largest loss came on April 2, 1865 during the final attack on the city. That day the regiment suffered 18 killed and 97 wounded.

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