FRAMED OUTDOOR ALBUMEN OF THE 50TH NEW YORK ENGINEERS

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Item Code: 224-477

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Image looks to be an unmounted albumen that meas. approx. 8.50 x 6.00 inches set in a recessed white mount in a brown wood frame with gold inset border. Frame looks to be old but the mat and backing are new.

Image shows approx. 35 members of the 50th New York Engineers in a field of high grass at the edge of a wood. Most of the men in the photo wear slouch hats with a smattering of others wearing forage caps and kepis. One fellow sports a light-colored straw hat with engineer’s insignia on the crown. Group includes officers and enlisted men. A variety of coats are being worn from shell jacket and frock coats to issue four-button sack coats and commercial sack coats.

Contrast and clarity are excellent. Framed the item meas. 17.00 x 14.00inches.

Reverse has a Xerox copy of the image identified as the 50th New York Engineers and the Xerox also identifies two officers. Colonel Ira Spaulding seated at left center and Captain James H. McDonald standing fifth from right.

The 50th New York Engineers was organized at Elmira, New York on October 22, 1861. It served with the Army of the Potomac and in the Middle Department’s 8th Corps. The unit saw action at Fredericksburg on December 11, 1862 where they suffered their heaviest loss of 7 killed and 13 wounded while building a pontoon bridge across the Rappahannock River. They also saw action at Rappahannock Station, Franklin’s Crossing, Plymouth, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. They were mustered out at Fort Barry, Va. on June 14, 1865.

Ira Spaulding was born in Vernon, New York on November 12, 1818. He was commissioned captain of Company E on August 5, 1861. He was made major on October 14, 1862, lieutenant colonel on January 1, 1864 and colonel and brigadier general by brevet on April 9, 1865. He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 2, 1875.

James H. McDonald was commissioned 1st lieutenant of Company K on August 3, 1861. He was promoted to captain on July 23, 1862 and major on October 27, 1864. He was wounded at Fredericksburg on December 11, 1862 while building the pontoon bridge mentioned above.  [ad] [ph:L]

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