QUARTER PLATE TINTYPE OF FOUR IDENTIFIED FEDERAL CAVALRYMEN – 4TH & 10TH NEW YORK CAVALRY

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A great view of these four horsemen all displaying their cavalry sabers. Chief Bugler Addison Cole of Syracuse, NY is seated at center resting one hand on his saber and the other on his bugle, which hangs from a cord around his neck. Addison mustered into the 10th New York Cavalry for a one year term beginning in September 1861.

The other three men are identified as John Cunningham and Albert Hammer, both of the 4th New York Cavalry, Co. B, with the third identified as Francis Timmonds, also of the 4th New York Cavalry but of Co. F. All of the men enlisted during August or September, 1861. The two younger boys to the left are most likely Timmonds and Hammer, both of whom enlisted at the age of 19. To the far right is 26 year old John Cunningham. While the photographer added corporal’s chevrons to his sleeve, he never held that rank and in fact there are no chevrons present on his sleeve at all.

Cunningham would serve the entire war in the 4th New York. Timmonds would desert the regiment in October, 1862 in the vicinity of Fairfax Court House. Albert Hammer remained with the 4th New York until October 1863 when he was discharged from a convalescent camp for disability.

These men are all identified in the case by the photographer. Unfortunately, he did not get all of the information correct. He labeled them as “members of the 2nd N.Y. Cav”, which is obviously incorrect. With the exception of Addison Cole, he also misidentified the men. He gets an ‘A’ for effort as he at least managed to get all of the last names right. He also misidentified one of the men and after realizing his mistake, crossed it out. The cost of the image is written in the case as well and is in the same hand as identifies, which gives a good indication as to who actually wrote the inscription.

This image does have some crazing to it; it comes housed in a very nice full brass hinged leatherette case. [ph:L]

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