FULL STANDING CDV OF 9TH MASS BATTERY OFFICER WHO DIED BY EATING POISON MUSHROOMS!

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Very nice bright CDV showing Achille DeVecchi standing by a balustrade. He wears a dark forage cap with several rows of braid around the base and crossed cannons on the front. He also wears a dark shell jacket with Russian shoulder knots, light trousers and gauntlets.

Image is clear with great contrast. Bottom of mount has a period pencil inscription that reads “CAPT. DeVICCIA 9th MASS BATTERY.”

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for J. W. BLACK… BOSTON.

Achille DeVecchi was born in 1836. He was residing in Boston and was active in politics when he was commissioned Captain of the 9th Massachusetts Light Artillery on July 31, 1862. He resigned on January 21, 1863.

He died from the effects of eating poison mushrooms on November 10, 1897 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

His obituary read in part:

“Count Achilles de Vecchi, who died from accidental poisoning Wednesday in Washington, D. C. was at one time connected with the Massachusetts militia, he having been commissioned captain of the 9th Massachusetts light battery, Aug. 9, 1862, and resigned his commission Jan. 26, 1863.

For many years the count has devoted his time to politics, being a stanch republican, and has done much toward bringing his countrymen into the republican fold. He leaves a large amount of landed property in Italy and made a pastime of politics.”  [ad]

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