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Lieutenant William Spencer Hard Fought 7th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry

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Carte view identified as William T. Spencer of the 7th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry. This is a bust pose of the future lieutenant. William would muster with Company K in October, 1861 as a private. He would receive promotions to sergeant major in November of 1863 and then to his final rank of 1st lieutenant in June of 64′. The 7th New Jersey would fight just about everywhere beginning with the Siege of Yorktown in early April of 1862. From early 1862 until the surrender, the would see fighting in nearly 40 engagements! William would manage to survive all of it unscathed. This example has a very nice period ink inscription on the reverse reading “Yours truly Wm. T. Spencer 1st Lt. Co. I. 7th N.J.V”. That would date the image to sometime after late June, 1864, when William transferred into Company I. I would presume he posed for this view either following his re-enlistment or at wars end when the regiment was performing duty in Washington. back marked out of New York. Slightly trimmed.

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