BUST VIEW CDV OF 90TH PENNSYLVANIA POW - 2nd LIEUTENANT JOHN T. REILLY

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Image shows John T. Reilly in a dark single-breasted frock coat. The image is similar to one found in the 90th Pennsylvania regimental history and one on the internet so the ID is not questioned.

Image is clear with good contrast. Upper corners of the mount have been trimmed.

Reverse has photographer’s imprint for F. GUTEKUNST… PHILADELPHIA. Modern ID in pencil is also on reverse.

John T. Reilly was residing in Philadelphia when he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Company F, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry on February 26, 1862. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant of Company K on December 14, 1862 and was captured at Petersburg on August 18, 1864. He was exchanged and then discharged on March 9, 1865.

Reilly is credited in an 1865 newspaper account with carrying the body of Lieutenant Jesse W. Super off the field at Spotsylvania after he was mortally wounded. Reilly’s name also appears on the Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg showing he was present for that action and an 1889 newspaper account of the 90th’s war history mentions Lieutenant Reilly as being captured at Petersburg. Copies of both articles come with the image.

The 90th Pennsylvania was engaged at 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Petersburg. The regiment lost 6 officers and 224 enlisted men killed, died of wounds and disease as well as many more wounded.  [AD]

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