BUST VIEW OF 12TH VIRGINIA LIGHT ARTILLERY SOLDIER WITH PETERSBURG PHOTOGRAPHER’S IMPRINT

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CDV is a chest-up view of William S. Keiley who was employed as a Quartermaster Department clerk and later served as a member of the 12th Virginia Light Artillery.

Keiley is shown wearing a light-colored double-breasted frock coat with a dark collar.

Contrast and clarity are excellent. Mount has edge wear and the corners have been rounded. Paper is good.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for J. R. ROCKWELL… PETERSBURG, VA. Top has a period pencil inscription of “W. S. KEILEY – CORPORAL MARTIN’S BATTERY 1864.”

William Shippin Keiley was born on March 18, 1845 in Petersburg, Virginia.

During the Civil War he was employed as a clerk in the Quartermaster’s Department from 1862 until his enlistment as a private in Company B, 12th Virginia Light Artillery (Martin’s Battery) on June 15, 1864. He served on gun #1 of the battery through Petersburg and at Appomattox and at some point was promoted to corporal. He was paroled at Libby Prison in Richmond on April 15, 1865 and took the Oath of Allegiance the following May 15.

After the war he practiced law in New York City and wrote a book titled “A WARTIME STORY OF A BATTERY’S LAST DAYS.”

Keiley died in New York City in 1925 and is buried in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery.  [ad][ph:L]

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