WONDERFULLY CLEAR QUARTER PLATE TINTYPE OF THREE OFFICERS - ONE ID’D TO 8TH NEW HAMPSHIRE

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Image is of three officers, two seated and one standing in the middle.

The officer seated at left wears a dark slouch hat, dark frockcoat open to reveal a matching vest beneath and matching dark trousers with a thin leg stripe. Frockcoat looks to have 2nd Lieutenant’s shoulder straps.

The officer seated at right also wears a dark slouch hat with a dark shell jacket which is buttoned to the throat with 1st Lieutenant shoulder straps visible. He also wears matching dark trousers with thin leg stripes.

The standing officer is believed to be 1st Lieutenant Orin M. Head. He wears a dark kepi with Staff Officer’s insignia of a “US” within a wreath on the front, a dark shell jacket buttoned only at the throat, matching dark vest and dark trousers. The shell jacket has clearly visible 1st Lieutenant shoulder straps on each shoulder and on his breast is a small pin in the shape of the number “8.”

All three men have tinted cheeks. Image also shows an interesting array of buttons. The officer seated at left looks to have two-piece eagle buttons on his frockcoat and vest, however, the top button of the coat and the lower button of the vest are three-piece rimmed buttons. In fact, the rimmed button on the vest appears to be an anchor for a watchchain. The other two officers appear to have smaller three-piece eagle buttons on their jackets.

Image is very clear with excellent contrast, however there is some bubbling to the emulsion along the left side of the image. The bubbling can only be discerned by turning the image slightly and picking up some glare. Straight on it displays fine.

ID of Orin Head is confirmed by an on-line image which shows him later in life. A Xerox copy come with the image.

Orin Mccrellis Head was born in Exeter, New Hampshire on December 3, 1834. He enlisted as a Private in Company B, 2nd New Hampshire Infantry on July 2, 1861. The regiment was heavily engaged at 1st Bull Run where it lost 8 men killed, 38 wounded, 54 captured and 5 missing. Private Head was discharged for promotion on October 14, 1861.

Head received a commission as 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant of the 8th New Hampshire on October 14, 1861 and was mustered in the following December 29th. He served with the 8th in the Department of the Gulf seeing action at Bisland, the siege of Port Hudson and Baton Rouge. He was discharged on March 19, 1864.

After the war Orin Head married and moved to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area where he was active in the Duquesne Post #259 of the GAR. He died on February 16, 1908 and is buried in Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  [ad]

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