SEATED CDV VIEW OF 88TH PENNSYLVANIA COLONEL LOUIS WAGNER

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Image shows Wagner seated in a highbacked chair. He wears a dark double-breasted coat that looks much like a sack coat. The cut of the coat looks loose and looks to only have two rows of three buttons each. The left breast has a horizontal pocket. No rank insignia is visible. Wagner also wears matching dark trousers with a thin light leg stripe.

Image has very good clarity and contrast. Mount and paper are in nice condition. Mount edges have very light wear. Bottom of mount has a period pencil inscription “COL WAGNER 88 P.V.”

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for J. E. McCLEES… PHILADELPHIA. There is also some collector information in pencil as well.

Louis Wagner was born in Giessen, Germany on August 4, 1838. He came to the United States in 1849 when he settled in Philadelphia and worked as a lithographer.

On September 13, 1861 he was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant in Company D, 88th Pennsylvania Infantry. Wagner was appointed Captain on April 30, 1862 and was wounded and captured at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run on August 30, 1862.

After his return to the regiment Wagner was appointed Lt. Col. on February 24, 1863 and in March of 1865, he was made brigadier general by brevet. He was mustered out on June 30, 1865 at Washington, D.C.

After the war Wagner returned to Philadelphia where he was very active in the GAR holding the following offices;

* National Quartermaster General for 1893

* National Commander-in-Chief for 1881

* National Sr Vice-Commander from 1871 to 1872

* National Jr Vice-Commander for 1870

* Post Commander for 1867 # 6

* Dept of PA Commander for 1867

Louis Wagner died on January 15, 1914.

The 88th Pennsylvania was organized in September of 1861. They served in the Army of the Potomac from October of 1861 to March of 1862 when they were shifted to the defenses of Washington and the Department of the Rappahannock. In June of 1862 they joined the 3rd Corps of the Army of the Potomac and in September of that same year joined the 1st Corps where they remained until that organization’s consolidation with the 5th Corps in early 1864.

The 88th saw action in 42 engagements to include 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Siege of Petersburg and Five Forks. The regiment suffered 181 deaths by battle, wounds and disease plus many others wounded but survived.  [AD]

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