INK SIGNED FULL STANDING CDV OF 15TH PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY OFFICER -NEPHEW OF WARTIME PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR

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Full standing image of 1st Lieutenant James B. Curtin who is posed in front of a painted backdrop of a treelined lake and leaning against a column cradling his sword in his left arm.

Curtin wears a dark slouch hat turned up on both sides with an ostrich plume on one side and crossed sabers on the front. He also wears a dark frock coat with 1st Lieutenant shoulder straps, light trousers and gauntlets. At his waist is his sword belt with rectangular plate. In his left arm he holds his Model 1850 Foot Officer’s sword.

Bottom of mount is signed in period ink “YOURS TRULY JAS. R. CURTIN”

Image is clear with good contrast and is very clean. Lower mount corners are rounded.

Reverse has collector information in pencil at top and a photographer’s imprint for C. L. LOCHMAN…CARLISLE, PA.

James B. Curtin was born in 1841. He was the nephew of the wartime Governor of Pennsylvania Andrew Curtin. He first enlisted as a Private in Company H, 4th Pennsylvania Infantry for three months service on April 19, 1861. He was mustered out at Harrisburg on July 27, 1861.

Curtin next enlisted as a Private for three years in Andersson’s Company of Pennsylvania Independent Cavalry. On October 10, 1862 when the Company was expanded to a full regiment Curtin was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant in Company L. He resigned on February 27, 1863.

Sometime later Curtin was commissioned 1st Lieutenant in Company I, 20th Pennsylvania Cavalry and was mustered out on September 21, 1864.

After the war he worked for the Adams Express Company and was also part of a family iron business called Curtin & Co. He died of Bright’s Disease on May 5, 1890 and is buried in Eagle Cemetery in Milesburg, Pennsylvania.  [ad]

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