INK SIGNED BUST VIEW OF 77TH PENNSYLVANIA OFFICER WEARING A CHRISTIAN CROSS ON HIS LEFT CHEST

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Image is a CDV in partial right profile of George Washington Skinner of the 77th Pennsylvania Infantry. He wears a dark frock coat with lieutenant shoulder straps. On his left chest is a Christian cross. It is not a Corps badge because his regiment was in the 1, 20th and 4th Corps of the Army of Ohio.

Contrast is a little on the light side but the clarity is good. Mount and paper have light surface dirt. Bottom of paper and mount are signed in period ink “YOURS TRULY GEO. W. SKINNER LIEUT. 77TH PA. VOLS.”

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for “GIERS & CO… NASHVILLE, TENN. There is also a canceled 3 cent tax stamp.

George Washington Skinner was born in Path Valley, Pennsylvania on January 13, 1846. He attended local schools as well as Milnwood Academy, Shade Gap and Washington and Jefferson College. He ran away from college at age 16 and enlisted in Company A, 77th Pennsylvania Volunteers on November 1, 1862. Skinner was promoted to sergeant on July 5, 1864 and commissioned 1st lieutenant September 8, 1864 and captain on August 1, 1865. He was mustered out in Victoria, Texas on December 6, 1865.

While with the 77th he saw action at Shiloh, Stones River, Liberty Gap, Chickamauga, throughout the Atlanta Campaign, Franklin and Nashville.

After the war he returned to Franklin County, Pennsylvania where he served as County Treasurer from 1868-1869. He also served in the state legislature and as captain of the Chambersburg Zouaves. Moving to Fulton County in 1872 he served as clerk in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and was admitted to the bar and was superintendent of the state’s Soldier’s Orphans Industrial School.

Skinner died on October 7, 1909 in Greene Township, Pennsylvania. He is buried in Chambersburg’s Cedar Grove Cemetery.    [ad][ph:L]

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