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Garret Braisted 8th New Jersey Infantry Wounded and in Sling

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Item No. HA4865DK Category


Extremely rare sixth plate ambrotype of a wounded Federal soldier. Identified as Garret Vreeland Braisted of the Garden State. The New Jersey resident would initially muster with company E of the 2nd New Jersey Volunteer Infantry in May, 1861. Serving a 3 month term, the regiment would be tasked with guarding telegraph lines and railroad’s before being discharged near the end of July. Later that same year, Garret would muster with the 8th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry in September. Attached to the III Corps of the Army of the Potomac, they would take part in the Peninsular Campaign which would begin in the spring of 1862. Garett would take part in the Siege of Yorktown before heading into the fight at Williamsburg on May 5th, 1862. During the fray, Garett would suffer at least one gunshot wound to the left arm. Transferred to a Washington hospital, he would remain there until his medical discharge from the Union Hotel Hospital in D.C. that July, which would effectively end his military service. This rare view shows Garret while he was recovering in a Washington hospital while casually smoking a cigar. Dressed in a red fez with blue tassel and his frock loosely thrown over his shoulders, his arm clearly supported in a linen sling. A portion of the linen can be seen hanging from the upper arm. An old period pencil inscription inside the case reads “Garett Vreeland Baisted (NJ) Civil War (North) 3 times wounded). I could find no other references to the other wounding’s mentioned. Considering Garett’s brief battle encounters, it is possible he was wounded multiple times in the left arm. This does come in a thermoplastic case however it is in some rough shape. The front cover has detached from the other and there is a chink missing out of the back half. Regardless, images of wounded soldiers are extremely rare, much less one’s that can be identified. Really an incredible image!

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