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Rare 1st District of Columbia Cavalry Tintype

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Beautiful and seldom seen sixth plate tintype of an unidentified member of the 1st District of Columbia Cavalry. This one is a stunner! Seated pose of this young cavalryman dressed in his service cavalry jacket and cavalry trousers which have been tinted a beautiful shade of blue. He proudly displays his cap for the camera with brass cavalry insignia pinned to the top and flanked on either side with the letters “D” and “C”. The numeral “1” can be seen below the insignia. This is a very seldom seen unit. During the summer of 1863, four companies were raised for service in the defenses of Washington. Another 8 companies, which had been raised in Maine joined the regiment in early 1864. Transferred to the Department of Virginia and North Carolina, they would see action during the Siege of Petersburg, Appomattox Campaign and Battle of Five Forks. This was a very small unit so we don’t see too many images from this regiment. This one is absolutely beautiful. About as clear an image as you could ever hope for. Housed in a full leatherette case with the brilliant blue velvet pad.

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