CDV OF THE HUMISTON CHILDREN WHO’S FATHER WAS KILLED AT GETTYSBURG

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Item Code: 2022-1995

Frontal seated pose showing the “CHILDREN OF THE BATTLEFIELD.”

One of the more famous human-interest stories of the battle of Gettysburg is that of Sergeant Amos Humiston of the 154th New York. The Sergeant was found dead in Gettysburg near the corner of York and Stratton streets. When his body was discovered Humiston was holding a picture of his three children in his hand. Nothing was found on the body at the time that would reveal the soldier’s name. A copy of the image was published throughout the country in an effort to identify the soldier and the children. The mother of the three children, Philinda Humiston saw the image in a local newspaper and contacted authorities to identify her husband’s body. The story touched many hearts and charity was founded to raise money for war orphans.

The three children in this CDV are named at bottom FRANK, FREDERICK and ALICE. The image has excellent contrast and clarity. Paper is very good but the mount has been slightly trimmed along the top edge.

Printed at top of the reverse is the story of the image and that it is being sold to help the National Sabbath School and to help orphans of soldiers. Image also bears a privacy disclaimer dated 1865 at bottom.

Photographer’s imprint is for WENDROTH, TAYLOR & BROWN… PHILADELPHIA.  [ad] [ph:L]

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