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Captain Elbert Kuhn 10th Iowa Volunteer Infantry

Wounded at Champion Hill

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Wonderful signed carte view of Captain Elbert J. Kuhn of the 10th Iowa Volunteer Infantry. A veteran of the Mexican-American War where he served with the 5th Tennessee Infantry, Elbert would be commissioned a 1st lieutenant with Company G in September, 1861, receiving a promotion to captain in January, 1863. The regiments first taste of battle would come at Iuka in September, 1862, followed by Corinth in October. Taking part in the Vicksburg Campaign, they would next fight at Port Gibson, Raymond and lastly for Elbert, Champion Hill. Their role during the Champion Hill engagement is highly regarded as their finest moment. The regiment would stand in the open, slugging it out with the enemy at very close range until they had exhausted their ammunition. They would lose almost half of the men that entered the fray with 34 men Killed and another 124 wounded. Elbert would be counted among the wounded. Shot through both thighs, he would spend a lengthy period recovering. While the regiment would go on to fight in numerous other engagements and campaign, for Elbert the war had ended. The old veteran of two wars would receive a medical discharge and resign his commission in November, 1864. This example bears a period ink signature across the front bottom reading “Yours Truly E. J. Kuhn 10th Iowa Infantry”. The reverse of the card is inscribed to his daughter Margret E. Kuhn. No back mark on this one.

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