A nice image of the youthful 2nd Lt. Vasa Edwin Strolbrand, 13th U.S. Infantry, shortly after entering the army and stationed in the south during Reconstruction. The CDV was taken by P.E. Chillman, Philadelphia. The image is signed on the back, “Yours Truly and sincerely, Vasa E. Strolbrand, 2nd Lieut. 13th Inf., Mt. Vernon Barracks, Alabama, Nov., 1879.”
Strolbrand remained a 2nd Lt. and remained in the 13th Infantry until he resigned his commission in 1886. Once leaving the south, the regiment was sent to New Mexico, and spent a hard eight year there participating in several campaigns and operations the Apache, and Geronimo. Apparently Strolbrand was duplicating his pay accounts and was forced to resign his commission. How could you not trust someone with that face? You never know! Strolbrand was later in charge of a boys military school in New York, and was afforded the title of colonel. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Very good image quality, with some slight wear on edges in a few places.
USPS Priority $3.50