Two Stereoviews Of The Lincoln Rifles, Milford, N.H. – SOLD

These two views are being sold together as one represents the unit in uniform during the war, and the other a post war view taken presumably just after.

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These two views are being sold together as one represents the unit in uniform during the war, and the other a post war view taken presumably just after.

 My assumption is that the company has recently been called into federal service, Circa 1861,and about to join the rest of the army. The 32 men are wearing their frock coats, and forage caps; each armed with rifled musket.  Some of the soldiers are without cartridge boxes as I see no box slings and plates in the image. The lack of beards on the men probably suggests an early war photo as well. The image also shows many of the town’s people of Milford in the background. Mounted on orange stock and photographed by J.F. Keniston, of Milford; Published by E. Lovejoy.  Another stamp bears the name E.D. Searles also of Milford.  A period ink inscription identifies these men as the “Lincoln Rifles, Milford, N.H.”

 The other image illustrates these same soldiers, now veterans, wearing their civilian clothes with the exception of a few, facial hair as well as a great array of clothing and hat styles.  Their number has been reduced to 22 men from the first image, most likely due to the effects of war. The town has changed very little, the trees appears to show little growth in the upper branches and foliage.  This stereo is mounted on yellow stock.  E. Lovejoy, Publisher appears in manuscript, and the image is identified as “Veterans, Milford, N.H.” Although no identified as the Lincoln Rifles, the fact that the men stand in the near same location strongly indicates who they are.

 Condition is fine for both have very good image quality.

 

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