FULL STANDING QUARTER-PLATE TINTYPE OF UNION CAVALRYMAN FROM THE 1st & 20th PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY

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Crystal clear full standing image of a Union soldier posed in front of a painted backdrop of a fort on a hill with US flag flying above it and rows of Sibley tents opposite.

The soldier is posed with his right hand resting on the hilt of his cavalry saber and scabbard that has been detached from his belt and placed along his right side. He wears a dark forage cap and four-button sack coat with trousers that have been tinted sky-blue and knee-high boots. He also wears his sword belt with rectangular plate and holstered revolver. His belt plate, buttons, saber hilt and cap buttons and chinstrap buckle have all been touched with gilt paint.

Image comes with a decorative brass mat and stamped brass frame in a full case. Behind the image the case is marked with “SIEGRIST, LEBANON, PA.”

Research shows that there are six men from Pennsylvania named Siegrist. The subject of this photo is obviously a cavalryman. Of the six men found, only one is a cavalryman and most likely the subject of this image. His name was George W. Siegrist and he served with the 20th Pennsylvania Cavalry.

George W. Siegrist was born August 11, 1834.

He enlisted as Quarter Master Sergeant of the 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry on August 10, 1861 and was promoted to sergeant major the following September 1st. He was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in Company I on November 23, 1861 but resigned on May 10, 1862.

He enlisted again, but this time as a private, in Company K, 20th Pennsylvania Cavalry on February 16, 1864. He served with the regiment through 45 battles and skirmishes such as Piedmont, Lynchburg, Salem, Ashby’s Gap, Petersburg, Five Forks and Appomattox. He was transferred to Company K, 1st Pennsylvania Provisional Cavalry on June 17, 1865 and was discharged at Cloud’s Mill, Virginia on July 13, 1865.

He was married to Mary Americus Siegrist and fathered four children before his death in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on July 3, 1901. He is buried there in Williamsport Cemetery. [ad] [ph:L]

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