INK SIGNED BUST VIEW OF 115TH NEW YORK LIEUTENANT WHO DIED OF WOUNDS

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Image shows Lieutenant John Van Desande (also spelled Vande Sande) in a dark frock coat with lieutenant’s shoulder straps.

Clarity and contrast are good. Paper and mount have light scattered surface dirt.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for A. P. HART…ELMIRA, N.Y. At bottom in blue period ink is “JOHN VAN DESANDE 1st LIEUT 115th N.Y. VOL, FORT PLAIN, N.Y.”

John Van deSande was 27 years old when he enlisted as a private in Company I, 5th Massachusetts Infantry for three months service. He saw action at 1st Bull Run and was mustered out on July 31, 1861.

Van deSande was next commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in Company B, 115th New York Infantry on August 20, 1862. He was promoted 1st lieutenant on May 13, 1863 and was wounded at Deep Bottom on August 16, 1864. He was eventually sent to Chesapeake Hospital at Fortress Monroe where he died on September 3, 1864.

The 115th New York was organized in August of 1862. During its service the regiment jumped around a lot serving in the Middle Department with the 8th Corps, the Department of Virginia with the 7th Corps, the Department of the South and the Army of the James in the 10th Corps, the 18th and again the 10th Corps and 24th Corps of the Army of the James, in Terry’s Provisional Corps of the Department of North Carolina and finished with that Department’s 10th Corps.

The regiment saw action at Harper’s Ferry, Fredericksburg, Olustee, Chester’s Station, Drewry’s Bluff, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Deep Bottom, Chaffin’s Farm and Fort Fisher. During it’s service the regiment lost 7 officers and 316 men killed and died of wounds and disease.  [ad]

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