Captain William T Swain 12th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Died of wounds received at Shiloh


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Carte view of Captain William T Swain of Tiskilwa, Illinois. Swain would be commissioned captain of Company F of the 12th Illinois Volunteer Infantry in August, 1861. Known as the “1st Scottish Regiment”, they would be heavily engaged just east and south of the “Bloody Pond” along side the 9th and 50th Illinois Infantry. The three regiments would face the entire brunt of Breckinridge’s Corps attempting to halt the Confederate onslaught. They would pay a heavy price for doing so. Swain would fall with severe wound in the side of the body on April 6th. He would be transported back to Illinois but would succumb to the wound on the way on the 19th of April. William would be buried at the Mt. Bloom Cemetery in Tiskilwa. Swain is shown here dressed in his officers frock with a pistol tucked into his sash and armed with is officers sword. Now this image has a very unique story regarding how it was actually identified. This particular carte view was produced from a tintype of Swain. You can see the brass matting from the original tintype around the edges of this view. The descendant’s of Swain were featured on the Antique’s Road Show several years ago where they brought in the M1851 Colt Navy Revolver and sword seen in this view. Not only did they have the revolver and sword but they were also in possession of the original tintype that this view was produced from! Rafael Eledge would conduct the appraisal at that time. Quite phenomenal! Back marked out of Monmouth, Illinois. This does come with genealogical research and photo copies of both the original tintype and revolver as well as transcript of the actual episode. Quite an amazing story!

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