EXCEPTIONALLY CLEAR INK SIGNED SEATED VIEW OF 3RD MASSACHUSETTS & 99TH NEW YORK INFANTRY COLONEL

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Item Code: 1041-266

Image shows Colonel David W. Wardrop seated at a table and holding his forage cap in his hand. The Colonel wears a dark double-breasted frock coat with matching dark trousers and knee-high boots. In his right hand he holds a forage cap or kepi with an oil cloth cover.

Images has exceptional clarity and contrast. The polished leather of his boots and the oil cloth cover on his cap give off a nice sheen.

Bottom of the mount has a period ink signature that reads “COL. DAVID W. WARDROP 3RD REGT. MASS. VOL. MILITIA.”

Reverse has photographer’s imprint for J. E. TILTON & CO… BOSTON

David W. Wardrop was born in Philadelphia in 1824.  At the time of the Civil War he was a resident of New Bedford, Massachusetts and was commissioned Colonel of the 3rd Massachusetts for three months service on June 26, 1861. The regiment served its time at Fort Monroe, Virginia. Colonel Wardrop was mustered out with his regiment at Boston on July 22, 1861.

A month later on August 21, 1861 Wardrop joined the Union Coast Guard also known as Bartlett’s Naval Brigade. The organization was meant to serve on gunboats and guard the coast. The Brigade reported to General Benjamin Butler at Fortress Monroe. However, Colonel Bartlett was injured in an accident and the whole idea of his Brigade was scrapped. From these units came the 99th New York Infantry Regiment with Wardrop assigned as Colonel.

The 99th saw action at Roanoke Island, New Bern, Fort Macon, Suffolk, Batchelder’s Creek and again at New Bern.

Colonel Wardrop was discharged on December 10, 1864.

After the war Wardrop lived in Boston and was a member of the John A. Andrew Post #15 of the GAR.

He died in Boston on July 10, 1898.  [ad]

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