PRE-WAR CDV GROUP PHOTO INCLUDING A FUTURE MEMBER OF TURNER ASHBY’S CAVALRY - E. PENDLETON LONG – RARE WOMAN PHOTOGRAPHER

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This pre-war view produced by Carlisle, Pennsylvania photographer Mrs. R. A. Smith is of E. Pendleton Long and four of his college classmates at Dickenson College. Pendleton stands at back left wearing a dark civilian suit.

Contrast and clarity are excellent. Paper and mount are also very good however the mount corners have been clipped. We have several images of Long and he had the bad habit of signing his name several ways, E. Pendleton Long, Edmund Pendleton, E. P. Long etc… This one is just marked “LONG” in period pencil on the reverse.

Reverse has an interesting photographer’s imprint that reads “MRS. R. A.SMITH… CARLISLE, PA. In 19th Century photography female photographers are seen, but they are quite rare.

Image is from the collection of the late William A. Turner.

E. Pendleton Long was originally from Baltimore. He was the son of Ellis B. and Elizabeth W. Long.

It is known that he attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania but entrance applications for the US Military Academy at West Point show an E. Pendleton Long from Maryland applying in 1861, but no other information is given.

Long enlisted as a private in Company B, 13th Virginia Infantry on April 17, 1861. He was court martialed and fined a month’s pay in October. He was mustered out on the 17th day of January 1862.

Long next enlisted at Woodstock, Virginia on March 24, 1862 in Captain Turner Ashby’s Company A, 7th Virginia Cavalry.

Long’s name appears on a roster of prisoners of war dated September 11, 1862 but his place and date of capture is not given. He was paroled at Aiken’s Landing on September 27, 1862 and exchanged there the following November 10.

Records show that Long was wounded in one of the many small actions his unit took part in. This happened on November 1, 1863. He arrived at the hospital in Gordonsville, Virginia on November 3 and then, ten days later on the 13th he was transferred to the CS General Hospital at Charlottesville. From there he was given a 30 day furlough to commence on December 4, 1863 but he was back with his Company by December 31st.

The records relate that Long’s horse was killed at Ream’s Station on August 25, 1864 for which he was paid $1800 and there his record ends. No date of muster out or discharge or parole is given.

Nothing is known of his post-war other than that he died at “Redwood” near Culpepper, Virginia on July 21, 1889. [AD] [ph:L]

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