UNIDENTIFIED CDV OF SOLDIER WEARING 8TH CORPS BADGE

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This CDV shows a slightly older, balding Union soldier posed seated in a chair. He wears a dark sack coat with a matching vest and dark trousers. Attached to his left breast is a large six-pointed star which represents the 8th Corps.

The image is clear with good contrast. There is some light surface dirt throughout. The reverse is blank. A close examination of the card shows that the photographer pasted the soldier’s image to the back side of the mount and left the front, with its thin linear frame, blank.

The 8th Corps was initially created out of various Union commands as part of the Middle Department in the Shenandoah Valley on July 12, 1862. It spent most of that year guarding the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between Baltimore, Harpers Ferry, and Winchester. The Corps, then led by Robert C. Schenck, played a major role in the early stages of the Gettysburg Campaign, where elements of the Corps unsuccessfully opposed Robert E. Lee's initial advance through the Shenandoah. The second division, under Robert H. Milroy, suffered heavy casualties during the Second Battle of Winchester on June 13–15, 1863, and elements of the Corps also took part in the delaying action at Martinsburg a few days later. The badly battered Corps withdrew to Harpers Ferry after that, playing no further role in the campaign, until it helped in the pursuit of Lee following the Battle of Gettysburg.

The 8th Corps played a major part in the defense of Washington fighting Jubal Early’s Confederates at Monocacy on July 9, 1864 under the commander of Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace. The primary duty of the 8th Corps in 1864 was rear echelon duties in Maryland guarding the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Elements of the Corps also battled Confederate cavalry as it raided across Maryland to the suburbs of Baltimore during Early's Raid on Washington.

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