CDV ASST. SURGEON CHARLES A. WHEELER, 12TH MASS. INFANTRY, ca. 1862, WIA THE WILDERNESS, VA

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Back mark: “H.J. Reed/ Worchester, Mass.” Signed in ink, reverse side: “Yours Truly, C. A. Wheeler.” Frontal bust shot of bareheaded Asst. Surgeon Wheeler wearing lieutenant shoulder straps. Crisp and clean, though lightly worn, w/clipped corners. Else VG.

Charles Wheeler was a 25 year old physician from Boylston, MA, who enlisted as Private and was mustered into Co. G”, 15th Mass. Infy, 12/5/1861. He was discharged for promotion on 12/17/1861 and three days later commissioned as an Asst. Surgeon in the field and staff of the 12th Mass. Infy. He was wounded in the Wilderness, 5/5/1864, and mustered out 7/8/1864. Wheeler died in Boston, 2/11/1904.

Excellent collectible for CW medical corps aficionados. Carte de Visites of doctors wounded in action are rare. Invites further research. In protective sheath.  [JP]

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