THREE-QUARTER SEATED VIEW OF 25TH MASSACHUSETTS PRIVATE KILLED AT DREWRY’S BLUFF – WILLIAM E. HOLMAN

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CDV shows 19 year old William E. Holman seated in a chair by a table on which his enlisted man’s kepi rests. Clearly visible on the front of the crown is a Company letter “A” over the number “25.” Holman wears a dark shell jacket open at the midriff to expose a dark vest and handkerchief beneath. He also wears light trousers.

Clarity and contrast are excellent. Mount corners a barely clipped. Mount and paper are very good otherwise.

Reverse has a photographer imprint for A. F. DANIELS… WORCESTER, MASS. There is also a modern pencil ID, however, the ID is confirmed by the same named image which appears across from page 181 in the 25th Massachusetts regimental history published in 1879.

William E. Holman was born in Leicester, Massachusetts in 1842. He enlisted as a private in Company A, 25th Massachusetts on September 16, 1861.

Holman was a dedicated soldier. Muster rolls show him present throughout his service. He became a reenlisted volunteer on December 1, 1863 and was given a furlough home which is when this photo was most likely made. Returning to his Company Holman was present until he was killed in action at Drewry’s Bluff on May 16, 1864.

Today William E. Holman rests in his hometown cemetery called Cherry Valley Cemetery.

The 25th Massachusetts spent most of its service in the 18th Corps and while he was with them, Holman was engaged at Roanoke Island, New Berne, Whitehall, Goldsboro, Arrowfield Church and Drewry’s Bluff.

A dedicated soldier, Private Holman could be proud of his service in his country’s time of need.   [ad] [ph:L]

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