LARGE OVAL FRAMED FULL-PLATE TINTYPE OF VERMONT BRIGADE DRUMMER NELSON L. BAXTER WHO DIED OF DISEASE

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Full-plate tintype identified as Drummer Nelson L. Baxter of Company F, 5th Vermont Infantry.

This wonderful image shows 16 or 17-year-old Baxter posed as if ready to play his drum. He wears a dark forage cap, dark four-button sack coat and matching trousers. His snare drum hangs from a dark wide sling with light colored edging or piping. Attached to the sling, at chest height, is his drummer’s breast plate used for holding both of the sticks when not in use. Drum appears to be plain.

Clarity is excellent and the contrast is good.

Image is housed in a period wood frame stained dark, possibly for mourning, with acorns and laurel leaves at the four points of the compass. Frame is in good shape with minor surface wear. The wood panel on the reverse is held by metal points but is becoming loose. Mat is white paper with gold interior border.

The surface of the plate, around the edge of the mat, shows some dark discolorations or rub marks. These do not touch the subject.

ID is written in pencil on the wood panel backing. The mourning frame, age and rank of the subject matches the records.

Nelson L. Baxter was born in Cornwall, Vermont in 1845. He enlisted in his hometown as a musician in Company F, 5th Vermont Infantry on September 16, 1861.

The 5th Vermont was sent to Washington, D.C. and went into camp at Camp Griffin near Langley, Virginia. While here Baxter became ill and was sent to Camden Street Hospital in Baltimore where he died on May 29, 1862.

Baxter’s body was returned to Cornwall and buried in Cornwall Central Cemetery. His name appears on a Civil War monument erected by his hometown to honor those men lost during the war.  [ad]

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