This is an extremely rare carte view of an identified minister with an Illinois regiment. Very seldom do we see such views. Identified as Martin D. Heckard who would muster as a Chaplain with the 16th Illinois Volunteer Infantry at Edgefield, Tennessee in March, 1863. He is dressed as per U.S. regulation dress for ministers which was to consist of a plain black frock coat with no ornamentation and 9 plain brass buttons. Buttons were also permitted to be covered with black fabric although Martin has chosen to wear just plain brass coin buttons. There would only be approximately 3700 chaplain’s appointed during the war both north and south combined. He also sports a pair of seldom seem shoulder boards carrying the rank of 2nd lieutenant which were constructed with rounded ends rather than the squared off ends normally seen. Martin would be present to serve as chaplain for the regiment from March, 1863 through September, 1864. That month he would fall ill while in Atlanta. He would recover but would resign his commission in December of 1864 citing the need to attend to his ailing mother’s health and the need to finish his theology course for the ministry. He would work as a minister for the rest of his life passing in May, 1875. This view bears a very nice period ink inscription by Heckard on the reverse reading “Yours Truly M. D. Heckard, Chap 16th Ills. Inft”. Bearing a rare back mark by C.C. Gries of Nashville as well. Accompanied by full service records and some research material.