The Waller Brothers

I’ve posted five Civil War letters to Lydia Jane Waller of Clark county, Illinois. Included with the letters was a ferrotype (with the emulsion flaking off rather badly) that was unidentified but suspected to be Lydia’s three older brothers—all of whom served in the Union army. Josephus Waller (1824-1862) in the middle was wearing civilian clothes. He did not enlist until June 1862 in Co. I 68th Illinois. He died in late September 1862 of disease. On the left was Reuben Waller (1826-1862) who enlisted in Co. I, 18th Missouri Infantry. He was wounded in the Hornet’s Nest at the Battle of Shiloh and died of congestion of the lungs in mid-June 1862. On the right was James L. Waller (1837-1933) who enlisted in Co. A, 40th Illinois Infantry in August 1861. He was discharged in September 1862 due to a gunshot wound. This image was probably taken in the winter of 1861-2.


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A Sixth-plate Ambrotype of a young child. I purchased it primarily because I had never seen striped socks on a child from this early a period—perhaps prior to 1860? The child was most likely a boy.

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Another daguerreotype from my collection. This one identified as Martin Luther Abbott (1832-1919) of Sanbornton, New Hampshire, taken in 1852 at Franklin, NH. After his marriage in 1856, Martin moved to Minnesota, and then in 1869, he relocated to Pleasant Hill, Tennessee, where he entered the fruit growing business.


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This 6th Plate daguerreotype features a young man who had his portrait taken in one of the studios of Jesse Harrison Whitehurst (1823-1875). A native of Virginia, Whitehurst opened his first gallery in Norfolk in 1843, and later operated galleries in Petersburg, Lynchburg, Richmond, Baltimore, Washington, and New York City. He also made a number of technological advances in the Daguerreotype process, and trained many Virginia photographers. Curiously, I bought this quarter-plate dag paired with a 6th Plate dag of what looks like a painting of the same subject (see below):