SIGNED VIGNETTE BUST VIEW OF PENNSYLVANIA HORSEMAN

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Image is a vignette bust view of Joseph T. Sullivan of the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry in a dark civilian jacket, white shirt and bow tie. Bottom of image has a bold signature of "YOURS TRULY JOS. T. SULLIVAN.

Image has good contrast and clarity with some light scattered surface dirt along the mount edges.

Reverse has a photographer's mark for ISRAEL & CO... BALTIMORE. There is also collector information in pencil at bottom.

Joseph T. Sullivan was born in Uniontown, Maryland in June of 1840. A biography found online says;

"The son of Daniel & Hannah (Ozburn) Sullivan, in 1860 he was a student living in Hamiltonban Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. He stood 5' 9" tall and had light hair and hazel eyes.

A Civil War veteran, he enlisted in Gettysburg August 25, 1862, and mustered into federal service at Carlisle September 6 as a private with Co. E, 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry (160th Pa). Promoted to corporal October 30, 1862, to sergeant April 18, 1863, and to 1st sergeant June 1, 1865, he honorably discharged with his company June 21, 1865.


He married Laura C. Shively in 1867 and fathered Charles (b. @1867) and Percy (b. @1871). After his marriage, he lived in Denver, Colorado, and Des Moines, Iowa. On July 24, 1886, he entered the soldiers' home in Leavenworth, Kansas, suffering with chronic diarrhea allegedly contracted while in service. On June 2, 1894, he transferred to the facility at Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, and discharged at his request June 28, 1908. In 1910 & 1920, he lived with Laura in Dayton. Several Ancestry.com family trees claim he died in Leavenworth, but that is not supported."

Sullivan died on November 16, 1921 and is buried in Gettysburg's Evergreen Cemetery.

The 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry was organized in October of 1862 and was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland. The regiment saw action at Stones River, Mossy Creek and several smaller skirmishes.

During its service the regiment lost 128 officers and men killed, died of wounds and disease plus many others wounded.

We have previously offered an image of Sullivan in uniform as item #945-116. [ad]

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