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Adjutant John Lacy 98th and 155th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.

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Item No. CV5987MF Category


Wonderful carte view portrait of Adjutant John H. J. Lacy of Effingham, Illinois. Lacy’s military career would begin with a commission in the 11th Illinois Volunteer infantry serving as a 1st lieutenant with Company G. late in April, 1861. Following the end of his 3 month term with the 11th Illinois, he would take a commission as adjutant with the 98th Illinois Volunteer Infantry the following August. During the spring of 1863, the regiment would be converted to mounted infantry and become part of the famed “Wilder’s Lightning Brigade”. Lacy would serve with the regiment though the Tullahoma and Chickamauga Campaigns as well as the Battle of Resaca and the Siege of Atlanta. He would resign his commission in February, 1865 to undertake a new role as an adjutant with the freshly formed 155th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He would remain with the 155th serving as the adjutant for the regiment for the next 7 months before being mustered out of service in September, 1865. This is a wonderful view of Lacy photographed in this striking pose, tucking his hand into the fold of his tailored sack coat. This example is blind stamped across the front by Seibert of St. Louis. There is a bunch of very faint pencil writing on the reverse of this card but I cannot make out any of it. Very nice view.

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