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Private Albert E. Swap 7th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry


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Carte view identified as Albert E. Swap of Illinois. Albert would muster with Company C of the 7th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry in August, 1862. The regiments first significant action would come at Iuka followed by Corinth where they would lose about 40 officers and men. In December, 1863 the regiment would take on General Forrest’s entire force without support. The regiment would get their revenge at Memphis. They would meet Forrest again and chase him all the way to the Tallahatchie River. Nashville would come next where they would lose another 40 men. Following the surrender of the Confederacy the regiment would serve as guards throughout the south but mainly in Decatur, Alabama. Albert would be mustered out of service with the remainder of the regiment in July, 1865. Singed on the reverse in pencil “A. E. Swap Fairburg, Ills”. A period ink inscription across the back reads “Yours Truly in faith, hope and charge”. No back mark on this one. Possibly a former dead letter office find.

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