This upper bust shot of Simon Snyder, 5th Infantry, has no back mark, but was taken during the Civil War. He remained in this regiment until his promotion to major in the 11th U.S. Infantry in 1883.
Snyder entered the service from Pennsylvania as a 2nd Lt. in 1861, and rose to the rank of captain in July of 1863. During the Civil War the 5th Infantry was one of the few regiments that remained on the Frontier, garrisoned throughout New Mexico. With the Civil War over, the 5th Infantry continued to fight various tribes out west, and under Colonel Nelson A. Miles, Snyder received the brevet rank of major for gallant service against the Nez Perce, at Bear Paw Mountain, Montana Territory.
He held field rank in the 11th, 10th (LtCol), and Colonel of the 19th in 1892. He was honorably discharge for disability in 1899, having served in command of volunteer troops during the Spanish American War. Promoted to Brigadier General in 1902, and retired the next month in May of that year.
Condition is very good.
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