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A paper tag on the bottom of the wood block states that the items were picked up in the Peach Orchard on July 13, 1863 including the wood used for the base by S. This view dates to his time in Poughkeepsie, New York following his 8 week stint peforming with P. He was however not a very likeable person according to most accounts and known to exaggerate his stories if not fabricate them completely. Item #78791 Beautiful ninth plate ruby ambrotype staright out of the Shenandoah Valley.
The tax stamp on the reverse dates the image to just 5 days after Lincoln's assassination and the depiction of Booth hanging from a noose gives a very clear idea as to the sentiment of many at the time. This soldier is in fact dressed in a grey rough spun jacket with the collar trimmed in crimson and sporting crimson cloth shoulder straps. The 1st Battalion itself was decimated losing 169 men out of 239.
In November of that year the unit would be disbanded and the remaining men split up among the 59th and 60th Alabama as well as the 23rd Alabama Battalion Sharpshooters.
The pair stand on a front porch with a paneled door behind them and glass dormers on either side. Each favors an opposite leg as they hold themselves up on crutches.
Both men are dressed in frock coats and sporting felt caps. Item #89719 Drop dead beautiful sixth plate ruby ambrotype. These two men are Louis and Ludwig Reifsteck of Missouri.