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Gettysburg Humiston Children

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Very desirable carte view of the Humiston children. The children were the offspring of Sergeant Amos Humiston of the 154th New York. Sergeant Humiston was found dead in Gettysburg near the corner of York and Stratton streets. When his body was discovered, Humiston was holding a picture of his three children in his hand. Nothing was found on the body at the time that would reveal the soldier’s name. A copy of the image was published throughout the country in an effort to identify the soldier and the children. The mother of the three children, Philinda Humiston saw the image and contacted authorities to identify her husband’s body. The story touched many hearts and charity was founded to raise money for war orphans. The charity sold copies of the photo found in the dead sergeants hands to raise funds. The three children were named Frank, Frederick and Alice Humiston. This example bears a period pencil inscription on the reverse reading “Children of Sergeant Humiston found on the Battlefield of Gettysburg in his hands as he lay dead”. Back marked by Phillips & Bro of Philadelphia.

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