Arthur Shields 140th Pennsylvania Infantry WIA Gettysburg


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Carte view identified as 1st sergeant Arthur Shields of the 140th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Shown here dressed in his VRC uniform following his wounding at Gettysburg. August of 1862 would see Arthur mustering with Company H as a 1st sergeant. The regiment’s first engagement would unfold on the fields of the Chancellorsville battlefield on May 2, 1863. Two months later the men would find themselves in a severe fight at Gettysburg on July 2nd. As General Sickles made the mistake of sending his troops out in the front of the rest of the Union lines, he quickly found himself in trouble. The 140th Pennsylvania as part of the 3rd Brigade were ordered to rush to his aid, occupying the right flank of the brigade in the area of the Wheatfield. As Confederate reinforcements arrived on the field the III Corps collapsed leaving the men exposed. As they retreated they took up a line along just left of the center of the Union line for the remainder of the battle. The regiment would take a beating losing 241 men in the fray. Arthur would be numbered among the wounded. Following a lengthy hospital stay, Arthur would transfer into the 21st Veteran Reserve Corps in late October, 1864. Arthur is shown here dressed in his light blue VRC uniform and sporting his 1st sergeants rank which accompanied him throughout the war. His baldric is worn over the shoulder as he stands resting his hands on the pommel of his M1840 NCO’s sword. Nice period ink inscription along the front bottom reading “Your affectionate brother Arthur”. No back mark on this one. There is a slight blemish on this view in the area of the face otherwise a very nice Gettysburg view.

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