INK SIGNED THREE QUARTER STANDING CDV OF 12TH ILLINOIS OFFICER WASHINGTON VANHORN

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Image is of Washington Vanhorn posed with one hand resting on the back of a chair. He wears a dark frock coat with shoulder straps, dark trousers, sash and waist belt with rectangular plate and Model 1850 Foot Officer’s sword.

Image is clear and the contrast is light but all details are visible. Mount and paper are good. The photographer glued the image on the reverse side of the mount.

Reverse has a printed frame and at center is an ink inscription that reads “YOUR FRIEND, VANHORN. 12th ILLS.”

Washington Van Horn was born in Pennsylvania in 1840 and moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1857. He enlisted as a private for three months service in Company A, 12th Illinois Infantry on April 17, 1861. He was promoted to corporal and mustered out on August 1, 1861. That same day Van Horn reenlisted as 1st sergeant of Company A. During his service he was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant on April 15, 1862 and 1st lieutenant on June 16, 1862. At the end of his term of service he was mustered out on August 1, 1864.

After the war Van Horn returned to Chicago where he worked as a contractor and builder. He was also a member of the Ulysses S. Grant Post #28 of the GAR. He died in Chicago in 1895 and is buried there in Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum.

The 12th Illinois was engaged at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth and Atlanta. During its service the regiment lost 8 officers and 251 men killed, died of wounds and disease.  [AD]

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