WAIST-UP CDV OF 15TH PENNSYLVANIA CAV. HOSPITAL STEWARD NICKNAMED “YOUNG HOSS”; ALSO RELATED BY MARRIAGE TO GARFIELD ASSASSIN

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Waist length view of a young yet bearded soldier. He wears a dark frock coat buttoned at the throat only. Below it is matching military vest with what looks to be a braided hair watch chain.

Image is very clear with excellent contrast. Some minor soiling along edges.

Bottom front of mount is signed in period ink “TRULY YOURS WILL DEH. REEDER.”

Reverse has photographer’s imprint for Gallery of the Cumberland… Nashville. There is also a period ink inscription of “CO. H. 15TH PA. CAV.” Below this in period pencil is “NICKNAME ‘YOUNG HOSS’” and at very bottom is a modern pencil note that he was a Hospital Steward from August 23, 1864.

William Dehart Reeder was born in Milton, Pennsylvania May 28, 1840. He enlisted as a Private in Company C, 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry on August 22, 1862 and was assigned as Hospital Steward on August 23, 1864 and later became a contract surgeon. He was mustered out on August 1, 1866. Of interest is a note in Reeder’s obituary that says he graduated from the Medical University of Nashville, Tennessee during the war.

After the war he moved to Chicago and opened a lucrative medical practice and married the niece of Charles J. Guiteau who would later assassinate President Garfield.

Reeder was an active member of the William E. Strong Post of the GAR.

He died in Chicago, Illinois on May 19, 1917 and is buried there in Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum. [ad]

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