1/9 PLATE TINTYPE IN FULL “UNION” CASE - PRIVATE WILLIAM H. PHILLIPS, CO. “B”, 44TH NEW YORK INFANTRY [GETTYSBURG REGIMENT]

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Item Code: 1054-1227

Plus two Union eagle cuff buttons, and two 1/9 plate tintypes of two women, both unidentified, one young and one old—the younger in a full case (though separated), the older in a brass oval frame, housed in a circular leather pouch, etched “Gettysburg/ 1863.” All housed in oak wooden display case, 12 x 6 x 3”, w/red foam backing, and front brass lock.

Phillips image is a studio bust shot depicting him in a uniform frock coat and kepi. Image, frame and case are pristine in all respects. The two females are depicted in sitting poses. Tintype of the younger woman is sharp & clean—her leatherette rear case exhibits wear; tintype of the older woman is also clean though slightly dimmer. Cuff button exhibit medium coppery patina—attached to white card w/ ink inscription: “William H. Phillips/ 1840-1930/ Forty-fourth Regiment New York Infantry.”

William H. Phillips enlisted and was mustered into Co. “G”, 14th New York Infantry, with whom he served before being transferred 6/24/1863 to Co. “B”, 44th Infantry. He is listed as a deserter, 7/1/1864.

His first regiment, the 14th New York, was mustered in May 1861. It would be present at the First Battle of Bull Run and would participate in the battles of McClellan’s 1862 Peninsula Campaign, as well as the Battle’s of Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. On May 24, 1863, the 14th New York was mustered out, with its three year men being transferred to the 44th and 140th NY Infantry.

Phillips second unit, the 44th New York, was mustered in late August 1861. From the 1862 Campaign on, it participated in all the major campaigns and battles of the Army of the Potomac—including the Battle of Gettysburg, where it fought on Little Round Top through the Siege of St. Petersburg. Phillips deserted on July 1, 1864; the 44th New York was mustered out October 11, 1864. During service it lost 182 men killed and mortally wounded and 147 by disease for a total of 329.

Superb tintype of a deserter private of the 14th and 44th New York, which fought on Little Round Top, July 2, 1863. Attractive display case. Invites further research.  [jp]

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