CDV – Frederick M. Yeager – PA First Defender & 1st Lt. 128th PVI – SOLD

Along with the 6th Mass, the Pennsylvania “First Defenders” were the first troops to answer Lincoln’s call for 75,000 volunteers

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CDV – Frederick M. Yeager – PA First Defender & 1st Lt. 128th Pennsylvania Infantry.  He initially was a member of the Ringgold Light Artillery of Reading, Pa, part of the “First Defenders” to answer President Lincoln’s call for 75,000 volunteers to suppress the Rebellion.  Some of the first of the 5 companies starting arriving in the Capital on April 18, 1861, just three days after Lincoln’s call.

Yeager was mustered into the 128th Penn. Infantry in July of 1862, assisting in raising six companies, and was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant of Company K, on August 15, 1862.  He commanded the left part of his company in the advance through the East Woods and towards Dunkard Church on the 17th of September, 1862 at the Battle of Antietam, Md.

In January of 1863, Yeager was promoted to captain of company C, and later captured at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Va. in May of 1863. He was captured there, and sent to Libby Prison, Richmond, Va.  Exchange date and place not presently known.  He discharged out shortly after his return.

After the war, Yeager was a professional photographer, from at least 1864 to 1870s, and an art publisher.

This wartime image is most likely a self portrait taking after his return home from the war.  Back mark, “F.M. YEAGER, Reading, Pa. (with numbered negative).

Very good + with clipped corners.



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Weight .5 lbs