Identified on front and back, Private John L. Knight, Co. “F” 10th MVM. Image is part of the Matthew Brady’s, “Illustrations of Camp Life.”
In this image, part of Matthew Brady’s “Illustrations of Camp Life,” is a private in sack coat, holding his Enfield Rifle and a large bowie knife at the ready, standing before his tent, with a “bunkie” visible in the background reading.
John L. Knight mustered into the 10th Mass Infantry in May of 1861 as a private in Company “F.” He re-enlisted in December, 1863 at Petersburg, Va., and transferred out on June 6, 1864, joining “I” Co., 37th Mass. Infantry. Knight was wounded that year at Winchester, Va. in September 19th. He was in the 20th Mass. for a month before finally mustering out at Washington in July, 1865. His highest rank attained was corporal.
In the image, Knight is wearing is accoutrements; the letter “F” can clearly be seen on the front of his forage cap. His buddy reads and smokes a pipe inside the roomy tent, built-up on wood platform. A knapsack and other gear are set aside behind him.
These Brady cartes, are oversized, but this one, as typical, was cut down to fit within an album page. A unfortunate crease travels across the lower part of the image, but does not overly effect the look.
Knight’s period ink signature appears on the reverse side, including his unit information. This volunteer served the entire war!
From the Michael McAfee Collection.