VERY NICE SEATED VIEW OF 15TH PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY SOLDIER WITH SABER

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CDV is of Private James Agnew of Company L, 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry. He is posed seated and cradling his saber in his lap. He wears a dark forage cap with crossed sabers insignia, a dark shell jacket with double piping as is typical of the 15th Pennsylvania uniform and matching dark trousers. Agnew also wears his saber belt with shoulder support strap and rectangular Pattern 1851 sword belt plate. He holds his saber, with leather sword knot attached, in his right hand.

Image is clear with good contrast. There are one or two small spots of foxing but these do not affect the subject. Mount corners are clipped. Bottom of mount has a period pencil ID that reads "COL. JAMES AGNEW."

Reverse has no photographer's imprint but does have a light pencil inscription that reads "??? CO. C 126TH P.V. WASHINGTON / CO. K ANDERSON CAVALRY ESCORT GUARD OF THE ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND / 1ST CO. OF THE 2ND DIV. OF THE 3RD BATT. OF THE 5TH BRIG. OF THE 3RD DIV. OF THE 5TH CORPS OF THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC."

James Agnew was 21 years old when he enlisted as a Private in Company L, of the 15th Pa. Cav. Agnew was promoted Corporal in Company K on March 1, 1863 and Sergeant the following May 15. He was discharged at Nashville, Tennessee on June 21, 1865.

He moved his family to Franklin County where he became a member of McCullough Post No. 497, G.A.R. He died in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania on June 2, 1922 and is buried there in Fairview 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. [ad]

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