Pair of CDVs of Lieutenant Jones Whitman, 16th Maine Volunteers

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Pair of CDVs of Lieutenant Jones Whitman, 16th Maine Volunteers

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Item No. SQ5399564

A pair of CDVs of Lieutenant Jones Whitman of the 16th Maine Volunteers. Hailing from Turner, Maine, Whitman enlisted in the summer of 1862 and quickly rose through the ranks, fighting with the 16th at Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. He was mustered out in June 1865. Returning to Maine shortly afterward, Whitman sat for Bangor photographer S. W. Sawyer to have the CDV on the left made. It has a signature that I believe is Whitman’s and is dated June 1865. The other image dates from 1863 when Whitman was a sergeant. He stands, arms crossed, holding his kepi with the infantry horn, “16,” and First Army Corps insignia visible. There is no backmark on this CDV.

Both CDVs measure about 2 1/4” x 4” and are in very good condition with light toning and clipped corners from having been in an album. The Sawyer CDV has a vertical crease down the middle.

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