INK ID FULL STANDING VIEW OF 49TH PENNSYLVANIA OFFICER WOUNDED AT SPOTSYLVANIA

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CDV is of Abraham T. Hilands standing by a table and chair posed in front of a balustrade and a painted pastoral backdrop. He wears a dark kepi with an embroidered infantry hunting horn with regimental number at center on the front, dark frock coat with lieutenant’s shoulder straps, matching dark vest with exposed watch chain and dark trousers.

Image has good clarity and passable contrast. Paper and mount are in good condition with only minor scattered surface dirt. Bottom of mount bears a period ink signature of “YOURS TRULY, A. T. HILANDS.”

Reverse has no photographer’s imprint. Top has collector ID in pencil.

Abraham T. Hilands was born December 9, 1826 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was commissioned 2nd lieutenant in Company A, 49th Pennsylvania on August 15, 1861. He was later transferred to Company F and made 1st lieutenant and adjutant on March 17, 1864. Wounded at Spotsylvania the following May 10, he was mustered out on October 11, 1864.

After the war Hilands returned to his wife and children and lived in Philadelphia until the spring of 1878 when he moved to Kansas. There he bought a farm on the Saline River. In addition to farming he was active in politics and the GAR being a member of the Kennesaw Post #47.

Abraham Hilands died suddenly in Culver, Kansas on April 10, 1887 and is buried in Minneapolis, Kansas. In his obituary Hilands former commanding officer said of him “A braver or better soldier never lived.”

The 49th Pennsylvania served with the 4th and 6th Corps of the Army of the Potomac. While Hilands was with them they saw action at Gaines’ Mill, Malvern Hill, Antietam, Gettysburg, where Hilands name appears on the Pennsylvania Monument as a lieutenant in Company A,  Rappahannock Station, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and 3rd Winchester.  [ad]

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