Typical Union Soldier

This 1/9 plate tintype is shown at actual size, and pictures a good-looking Union soldier with a very serious look on his face. I'd guess the date at 1863 or '64, but that's only a guess. Notice the patriotic star field on the brass mat.

Enlarged to 400%.

His name and "Washington" were recorded inside the case. I read the name as James Erlie or Ealie, but am not sure these are right. Try your luck, and let me know if you get it figured out. Write me at 38lyons38@earthlink dot net
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