SCARCE 1862 DATED CO. C 115th NY SOLDIERS RECORD WITH PHOTOGRAPHS: TWO OF KIA OFFICERS

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A lot of these large-format lithographs are late war or postwar service memorials. This is a nice early war example of those offered by peddlers in army camps who might take orders for souvenirs to be sent to the folks back home. This one is a multi-color lithograph titled across the top, “Batcheller Guards,” an informal designation for the company mustered into service as Company C of the 115th New York in August 1862. This follows a fairly common format, but was produced with original albumen photographs glued in place showing the colonel and the three company officers.

Intended to be framed for display by the soldier’s family, the top scroll has been used for the company’s designation. Below that a patriotic American eagle on a shield perches on top of another scroll with regimental designation below and a military scene in the background. Three columns of text below are divided by classical columns, the center two flag-draped. The columns support an elaborate floral arch above and rest on a base with three panels, the center one filled out with the unit’s date of muster in, and the side panels allowing room for battle honors. The names are arranged with privates listed in the left and right columns, and the regimental field officers and chaplain at top center, with the company officers, NCOs, musicians and company wagoner below. Several oval cartouches were provided for portraits. The top is Col. Sammons, who was wounded at Olustee and Petersburg, and discharged in 1865. The company officers are Capt. McKittrick, killed in action at Chaffin’s Farm in 1864; 1st Lt. Mosher, mustered out as captain of the company in 1865; and, 2nd Lt. Tompkins, who was killed in action at Olustee in 1864. All are in uniform frock coats. The colonel and captain are bare-headed. The lieutenants wear their officers’ forage caps with regimental insignia visible on the front.

The regiment lost 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. They mustered out June 17, 1865, at Raleigh, NC.

The bottom of the record has an 1862 copyright and a printed testimonial by the company First Sergeant that the roll is correct. The record is in its original frame, measuring about 18 by 22 inches, with gilt inner edge. It has its original thin wood backing panels. There are two short tears at top center and bottom, as well as some thin waterstains with minor discoloration, but it displays very well. This is from a fighting outfit, nicknamed the “Ironhearted Regiment,” and has four original, identified albumen bust portrait photographs that are scarce themselves.  [sr] [PH:L]

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