Beautiful carte view of 1st Lieutenant William Cutting Stockdale of the 17th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. William would initially muster as a private with Company H. on May 25, 1861. The next day he was promoted to 4th corporal. He would be present for duty through out the Western Theater from May, 1861 through July, 1862. Promoted to 3rd sergeant in January, 1862. To sergeant major in April, 1862 and then to 2nd lieutenant just a few days later. His promotion to 1st lieutenant would come shortly thereafter. From July, 1862 up until October of that year he would be on detached duty working as a recruiting officer. In December he would begin serving as Acting Adjutant for the regiment. On May 27, 1863 William would receive a foot wound while engaged during the Siege of Port Gibson and take a month to recover. He would return to the regiment in July and remain there until November when he was once again on detached duty working as a recruiting officer. William would return to the regiment during the spring of 1864 and remain there until being mustered out of service in June, 1864. Beautiful view of William casually wearing his frock unbuttoned with the rank of lieutenant. Wonderfully clear image as the eagle buttons are plainly visible. Embroidered “US” insignia on the front of the cap. This one has a nice period ink inscription along the front bottom reading “Yours Truly Wm. C. Stockdale”. No back mark on this one however. It does comes with a large folder full of research material. Wonderful view.