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My Daguerreotype Boyfriend

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John Calhoun Chamberlain, Civil War chaplain for the 11th Maine and brother to Brigadier General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, famous for leading the bayonet charge defense of Little Round Top, Gettysburg, PA, in July of 1863.
Died at 29 after surviving the war.

John Calhoun Chamberlain, Civil War chaplain for the 11th Maine and brother to Brigadier General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, famous for leading the bayonet charge defense of Little Round Top, Gettysburg, PA, in July of 1863.

Died at 29 after surviving the war.

Captain Woodford M. Taylor, Company B, 26th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, U.S.A, 1860 (Kentucky Digital Library)

Captain Woodford M. Taylor, Company B, 26th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, U.S.A, 1860 (Kentucky Digital Library)

From submitter Brian Feller:
Alva Wilder (1842-1918), my great-great Grandfather. Taken we believe in 1862. He was a Civil War vet for the North. He was part of the 1st Michigan Light Artillery Battery “A” which was also known as the Loomis’ Battery.

From submitter Brian Feller:

Alva Wilder (1842-1918), my great-great Grandfather. Taken we believe in 1862. He was a Civil War vet for the North. He was part of the 1st Michigan Light Artillery Battery “A” which was also known as the Loomis’ Battery.

Two unidentified sailors in Union uniforms in front of painted backdrop showing the sea and a warship. (Library of Congress)

Two unidentified sailors in Union uniforms in front of painted backdrop showing the sea and a warship. (Library of Congress)

Lew Wallace, c. 1853, in his mid-twenties. Union general, governor of New Mexico territory, diplomat to the Ottoman Empire, where he gathered material for the bestselling Ben-Hur (which Ulysses S. Grant reportedly read in a single 30-hour sitting.)
From the submitter cmcdwh: 



This handsome fellow is my great-great-grandfather, Lew Wallace, around 1853. The daguerreotype was taken around 1853 and is owned by the General Lew Wallace Study in Crawfordsville, Indiana. By the time he was a Major-General in the Civil War, Lew had grown an impressive beard, but I like him better this way. Lew sat on the military tribunal that tried another daguerreotype boyfriend, Lewis Thornton Powell. [Ed: Gasp!]

Lew Wallace, c. 1853, in his mid-twenties. Union general, governor of New Mexico territory, diplomat to the Ottoman Empire, where he gathered material for the bestselling Ben-Hur (which Ulysses S. Grant reportedly read in a single 30-hour sitting.)

From the submitter cmcdwh

This handsome fellow is my great-great-grandfather, Lew Wallace, around 1853. The daguerreotype was taken around 1853 and is owned by the General Lew Wallace Study in Crawfordsville, Indiana. By the time he was a Major-General in the Civil War, Lew had grown an impressive beard, but I like him better this way. Lew sat on the military tribunal that tried another daguerreotype boyfriend, Lewis Thornton Powell. [Ed: Gasp!]

It’s a colorized Lewis Powell! And we’re just fine with that…

It’s a colorized Lewis Powell! And we’re just fine with that…

Second Lt. James G. Sturgis. Killed in action at Little Big Horn.
Cumberbatch, is that you?
Submitted by thefutileprecaution

Second Lt. James G. Sturgis. Killed in action at Little Big Horn.

Cumberbatch, is that you?

Submitted by thefutileprecaution

Henry Adams, age 20, 1858, at his Harvard graduation.
The grandson of John Quincy Adams (and the great-grandson of founding father John Adams), during the civil war Henry Adams was private secretary to his father, a Congressman in the House of Representatives.
His influential circle of friends was known as “The Five of Hearts,” and included Lincoln’s secretary John Hay. He later became friends with Walt Whitman, Rudyard Kipling, Teddy Roosevelt, and many others.  
We highly suggest Patricia O’Toole’s biography The Five of Hearts for more on this gregarious studmuffin.
Submitted by Mary Mann

Henry Adams, age 20, 1858, at his Harvard graduation.

The grandson of John Quincy Adams (and the great-grandson of founding father John Adams), during the civil war Henry Adams was private secretary to his father, a Congressman in the House of Representatives.

His influential circle of friends was known as “The Five of Hearts,” and included Lincoln’s secretary John Hay. He later became friends with Walt Whitman, Rudyard Kipling, Teddy Roosevelt, and many others.  

We highly suggest Patricia O’Toole’s biography The Five of Hearts for more on this gregarious studmuffin.

Submitted by Mary Mann

Brothers Stephen D. and Moses M. Boynton, Privates in the South Carolina Cavalry Battalion, c. 1861 (Library of Congress)

Brothers Stephen D. and Moses M. Boynton, Privates in the South Carolina Cavalry Battalion, c. 1861 (Library of Congress)

And now a submission from The Smithsonian. (Love it when these great institutions get in touch with their boyfriends of their very own!)

Thought we would share our latest post with you. Is this a photo from the Civil War or an Urban Outfitters ad? 
Lt. George Custer and Fellow Union Troops Picnicking During the Civil War. May 20, 1862.

And now a submission from The Smithsonian. (Love it when these great institutions get in touch with their boyfriends of their very own!)

Thought we would share our latest post with you. Is this a photo from the Civil War or an Urban Outfitters ad? 

Lt. George Custer and Fellow Union Troops Picnicking During the Civil War. May 20, 1862.

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