CDV- M. Brady’s “Illustrations Of Camp Life”- Id’d 72nd NY Officer.

A nice view of this officer posing before his tent, and possessions.

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CDV- Matthew Brady’s “Illustrations Of Camp Life”- with a view of a New York infantry officer outside his tent, with another officer, and their equipage, etc. inside.  Mike McAfee had provided the data on this subject, Edward B. Harnett, of the 72nd New York Infantry.  The information provided was found in the New York in the Rebellion by Phisterer (not found online in the data base).

Harnett mustered in at NYC to serve 3 years on May 27, 1861, as a 2nd lieutenant in Company “A.”  He 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 trunk seen in the immediate foreground with the initials “F.B.H./ N.Y.”  belonged to his mother Frances.

Like so many of these oversized images, this one has been trimmed to fit within an album.

Very good condition with some small staining.

From the Michael McAfee Collection.

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Weight .5 lbs