A nicely signed image on the photo of a wartime regular artillery officer.
Lt. James Madison Lancaster, 3rd U.S. Artillery, posed for the Fredricks & Co. photograph, New York, and signed below the full bust shot image.
This appears to be a wartime CDV of Lancaster, who was a graduate of the USMA in 1861. Commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the 3rd Artillery on June 17, 1862, 1st Lt. in 1864. During the war the 3rd U.S. Artillery was detached to the Department of the South, and among their actions was the assault on Fort Wagner, etc.
In 1867, Lancaster was appointed regimental adjutant; captain on March 20, 1879. He received brevet rank of captain for gallant conduct during the war in 1865. Promoted major in 1896, he had command of all the foot artillery in the Washington, D.C. area and Fort McHenry while in the 4th U.S. Artillery. He would return to the 3rd Artillery in 1900, but would die only a few month after.
Fine quality image, signed.
USPS Priority $3.50