CDV OF A CAVALRY OFFICER BY GUTEKUNST OF PHILADELPHIA

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This card is backmarked by Gutekunst of Philadelphia and shows a company officer cradling his saber, with officer’s saber knot, in the crook of his arm and holding an officer’s army dress hat at his side. Our officer is shown in a two-thirds, or knees-up view, wearing an sword belt and officer’s sash, a watch chain on his breast, gauntlets and shoulder straps. His hat is the classic officer’s Hardee hat with a turned-up brim, officer’s hat cord, plum and large embroidered officer’s hat badge with crossed sabers and what seems to be a “1” at the bottom edge. Other units are possible, but if he is a member of the 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry, he likely joined the regiment when it organized at Harrisburg in September 1861. They served for three years in the Army of the Potomac, Department of the Rappahannock and Army of Virginia. Civil War Data lists a surprising 105 occasions when they were engaged and suffered some sort of loss, including Cedar Mountain, Brandy Station, and Gettysburg. During their service they lost 9 officers and 87 enlisted men in killed or mortally wounded alone, a heavy toll for a cavalry unit. Regardless of the unit, this is a very nice view of Union cavalry officer nonchalantly holding a hat that any Civil War collector would make the center of his collection.  [SR]

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