Half Plate Tintype of Camp Willard, GAR Reunion Encampment
Half plate tintype of around 20 middle-aged men posed outside a tent bearing the sign Camp Willard and flying the American flag. This appears to be a GAR reunion encampment, possibly in Albany, NY, which hosts Sons of Union Veterans NY Post 154, named in honor of Col. George L. Willard, 125th New York. Housed in full pressed-paper case.
Within two weeks after the 125th New York mustered in, the regiment surrendered to Confederate forces at Harper's Ferry on Sept. 15, 1862. The Confederates detained the regiment for two months before making an exchange for other prisoners. The 125th left for Gettysburg and fought valiantly. The commander, George L. Willard, was killed during that battle. The 125th went on to fight in several battles throughout the remainder of the war including the final battle of Petersburg, and mustered out June 5, 1865 near Alexandria, VA, under Col. Hyde.
The image is in fine condition. The union case has some wear, but is in good condition.