Civil War Albumen Photograph of the Colonel and Staff of the 30th Pennsylvania Volunteers, Fairfax Court House, VA
Albumen photograph, 13.75 x 11.75 in., mounted, 14 x 11 in., providing an outdoor view of the camp of the 30th Pennsylvania Volunteers at Fairfax Court House, VA on June 4, 1863. Six officers are visible in the foreground, and a penciled note on the mount identifies one of the officers as Colonel William Tally.
William Talley lived in Rockdale, PA until he enlisted as a captain at the age of 25 in May of 1861. He was promoted to colonel in 1863 and brigadier general by brevet in 1865. Talley survived the war, living until 1903.
The 30th Pennsylvania mustered in on June 9, 1861 at Camp Wayne, and was engaged at Mechanicsville, Glendale, Malvern Hill, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. It mustered out on June 13, 1864, eight days after this photograph was taken. Throughout the duration of the war, the regiment lost six officers, 102 men where either killed or mortally wounded, and 64 men died of disease or accidents.
Toning of the page and photograph. There are some issues of foxing on the photograph. There are pencil inscriptions from either the photographer or a previous owner.