1/6th PLATE TINTYPE OF CORPORAL ELI A. McPHERSON, CO. “G”, 78th PA INFANTRY

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Cased, tinted image, w/standard brass trim, depicting a young corporal, in standing pose, in full uniform, cradling an 1842 Springfield w/ bayonet at his left elbow, w/spread wing eagle on studio table to his left. Image displays tiny spots while remaining clear. Leather casing display medium wear and rubbing, w/cover detached. Else VG, and exceptionally good in its depiction of Union infantry soldier in full regalia, w/identifiable musket.

Eli Ackley McPherson enlisted as a private in Co. “G”, 78th PA Infantry, 3 /4/ 1862. Mustered out 11/4/1864.  Following the war, he was a railroad engineer, and then head janitor and engineer at the Butler County courthouse for a number of years. McPherson died on 5/14/197 and is buried in North Cemetery in Butler, PA.

His unit, the 78th PA Infantry, served in the western theatre and participated in the Battles of Stones River, Chickamauga and the Siege of Chattanooga. Also, the Atlanta Campaign, and the Battle of Nashville. During service it lost 70 men killed and mortally wounded and 197 by disease for a total of 267. Accompanied by internet research material.   [jp/ld]

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