Civil War Photographs of the 12th New York Infantry at Camp
Lot of 2 albumen photographs of the 12th New York Infantry. Both 4.25 x 3 in. informal, outdoor views are affixed to 6.5 x 5.5 in. mounts. Photographer unknown.
The first image captures a crowd of men informally posed in front of sibley tents. The drummer at left poses on one knee with his instrument in front and his drumsticks in hand, and another man who towers over the others has his rifle casually slung over his shoulder. The second photograph provides another view of the same 12th New York in formation with rifles with fixed bayonets. The drummer with eagle painted drum stands at the ready on the end of the line. Two soldiers at left appear to be caught in mid conversation. Old Glory can be seen flying at right.
The 12th New York left for the capitol on May 28, 1861 and stayed until July 10, 1861. The regiment lost 143 men at the Second Bull Run and was in reserve at South Mountain and Antietam. In December, it fought at Fredericksburg. The regiment and most of its original members mustered out of service at Elmira, NY, May 17, 1863.
Even toning to both images with few light spots.