CDV OF THE HUMISTON CHILDREN WHO’S FATHER WAS KILLED AT GETTYSBURG

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Item Code: 410-459

Frontal seated pose showing the “CHILDREN OF THE BATTLEFIELD.”

One of the more famous human interest stories of the battle of Gettysburg is that of Sergeant Amos Humiston of the 154th New York. The Sergeant was found dead in Gettysburg near the corner of York and Stratton streets. When his body was discovered Humiston was holding a picture of his three children in his hand. Nothing was found on the body at the time that would reveal the soldier’s name. A copy of the image was published throughout the country in an effort to identify the soldier and the children. The mother of the three children, Philinda Humiston saw the image in a local newspaper and contacted authorities to identify her husband’s body. The story touched many hearts and charity was founded to raise money for war orphans.

The three children in this CDV are Frank, Frederick and Alice Humiston and are identified along the bottom front edge of the mount. The image has good contrast and is very clean

The reverse has a photographer’s back mark for WENDEROTH, TAYLOR & BROWN... PHILADELPHIA. Printed at top of the reverse is the story of the image and that it is being sold to endow The National Homestead at Gettysburg for Orphans of Soldiers and Sailors. Image also bears the printed date of 1867 at bottom.  [ad]

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