Another nice image of three identified New York officers of Company “A” 72nd Infantry.
CDV- Matthew Brady’s “Illustrations Of Camp Life”- with a view of New York infantry officer outside a tent, with relaxing, and smoking a pipe. The subjects, all company “A” officers, as recorded on the reverse, (3. Edward B. Harnett, of the 72nd New York Infantry, along with (2. Capt. George Grecheneck, and (1. Lt. Charles Grossinger.
Harnett , and the other two officers were mustered in at NYC to serve 3 years on May 27, 1861, as a 2nd lieutenant in Company “A.” Harnett was promoted to 1st lieutenant in June the following year, and mustered out due to sickness in June of 1864. Finding more on him in some quick researching, he was Irish by descent, and naturalized in the 1850’s. He had returned home briefly after an injury in the Battle of Williamsburg, Va. He received the rank of Captain in December of 1862. The 72nd NY fought at the 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, etc. In June of 1864, while at Petersburg, having contacted bronchitis, Harnett was discharged, and eventually died on January 1, 1865.
The other officers, Capt Crecheneck, Co. “A” died of wounds in May 1862 at Williamsburg, Va. and Lt. Charles Grossinger, also of company “A” was discharged in June of 1862. Both of these officers entered the service the same time as Capt. Harnett.
He is seated on the trunk with the initials “F.B.H./ N.Y.” which belonged to his mother Frances.
Like so many of these oversized images, this one has been trimmed to fit within an album.
I am offering a similar image of Harnett in another Brady view on site currently.
From the Michael McAfee Collection.