3 1/8 x 4 1/8 in. tintype providing outdoor view of four Union soldiers posed before a tent (significant wear and creasing to plate, loss to emulsion at some creases, details of images still visible.) The subject seated third from left leans his elbow on a drum resting at his side. Housed in unrelated full Union case, General Marion's Invitation to Dinner [Berg 1-23] (chipping, some loss to corners and edges, surface soiling). With later handwritten note identifying the subjects as: "From left to right: - William B. Lyke / George Wiltsie / Henry Root - drummer / Albert E. Lyke. / Camp near Jerusalem, 1862 / Winter quarters. Tents were used as roofs for rude cabins. / Company H, Fourth New York Heavy Artillery."
The 4th New York Heavy Artillery spent the first 2 1/2 years of service near Washington, maintaining defensive fortification south of the Potomac The 4th was then assigned to II Corps in mid-1864 and played a role in a succession of significant battles, including the Wilderness, Mine Run, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, and the Siege of Petersburg.
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