SCARCE 1862 DATED CO. D 115th NY SOLDIERS RECORD WITH PHOTOGRAPHS

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This is a nice early war example of a “soldier’s record,” typical of those offered by peddlers in early war army camps as souvenirs to be sent to the folks back home and hung up as a service record. This is one of two we are offering from different companies of the 115th NY, using identical formats and dated 1862. Intended to be framed for display by the soldier’s family, at top center a patriotic American eagle on a shield is superimposed on a military scene in the background, with scrolls at top and bottom for unit designations or mottos and blank oval cartouches for small portraits. The main body is divided into three panels by classical columns draped with U.S. flags. The whole is designed to look like a temple or memorial with three recesses along the base.

In this case it has been filled out with the record of Company D 115th New York. Their local designation of the “Empire Guards” is printed in the space provided by the top scroll, and their official unit designation is printed as “Company D New York Vol. 115th Regiment.” Given that the local designation does not show up in Ammann’s list of synonyms for volunteer organizations, it was likely a very short-term title used in local recruiting or one perhaps suggested by the salesman, who needed to fill up space on the sheet. In any case, the three main panels are filled with the list of privates at left and right, and at center with the field officers at top, followed by the line officers of Co. D, the NCOS, the musicians, and lastly the wagoner. At bottom center is a signed affidavit that the roster is correct. Of course, being very early in the war, no further information about the men has been filled in and the two panels at very bottom have no battle honors printed in them.

Most unusual for soldiers’ records of this sort is the inclusion of four original albumen bust portrait photographs of regimental and company officers. At top is Col. Sammons, who was wounded at Olustee and Petersburg, and discharged in 1865. The company officers are Capt. Lingenfelter, who was discharged for disability in 1864 and 2nd Lt. Tompkins, who was wounded in action at Cold Harbor and mustered out as captain of the company in June 1865. At upper right is Major Cowen, who was discharged in June 1863. Apparently, no photo of 1st Lt. Wayne was available. Our other example from the regiment, printed for members of Co. C, has all three company officers and the colonel, but not the major. Perhaps the cost of the print included four photographs and the major was included, gratis, since Wayne’s photo could not be obtained.

The outfit, nicknamed the “Ironhearted Regiment” had a good fighting record, losing 7 officers and 142 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded in engagements such as Olustee, Chester Station, Cold Harbor, Deep Bottom, Chaffin’s Farm, and Fort Fisher, as well as extended fighting at Petersburg. They spent most of their service in the 10th Army Corps, with shorter periods in the 7th, 8th, 18th, and 24th, and mustered out June 17, 1865, at Raleigh, NC.

The gilt frame is original, about 18 by 22 inches, and the has a printed 1862 copyright date at bottom. The are two light water stains at bottom left center and bottom right, and at upper right. None affect any text. A darker stain at the upper left corner touches some of the flowers above the name scroll, but does not touch the scroll itself. This shows off well and the four identified images of regimental officers are unusual. [sr] [PH:L]

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