INK SIGNED BUST VIEW CDV OF QUARTERMASTER SERGEANT THEOPHILUS H. SMITH

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Vignette bust image of Smith wearing the dark double piped shell jacket of the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Just visible on his left sleeve are the stripes of a quartermaster sergeant. Smith is posed in a slight left profile and wears his jacket buttoned only at top and bottom exposing a light shirt underneath.

Bottom of mount is signed in period ink "TRULY YOUR FRIEND THEOP. H. SMITH."

Contrast and clarity are excellent.  Corners of mount are slightly trimmed.

Reverse has photographer's imprint for F. GUTEKUNST... PHILADELPHIA. Period pencil inscription at top reads "CORP. THEOPHILUS H. SMITH CO. K. ANDERSON CAV. DETAILED AT HEAD QRTS. DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMB'D."

Theophilus H. Smith enlisted as a Private in Company K, 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry on August 22, 1863. He was promoted to Corporal January 4, 1863 and Quartermaster Sergeant of the regiment on March 16, 1864. He was mustered out at Nashville, Tennessee on June 21, 1865.

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.  [ad]

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