ca. 1849-58, [daguerreotype portrait of a stunning gentleman who appears to have a glass right eye], Josiah W. Thompson
via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1849-58, [daguerreotype portrait of a stunning gentleman who appears to have a glass right eye], Josiah W. Thompson

via Harvard University’s Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography

ca. 1860’s, [carte de visite portrait of Capt. Irving F. Wilcox, 1st Michigan and Veteran Reserve Corps, post injury], Matthew Brady 

Flowing ink inscription on verso reads, “Yours Truly/I F Wilcox/14th Regt. VRC.” Wilcox enlisted in the 1st Michigan as Company A. First Sergeant in July 1861 and was present at Gaines Mill where he was wounded. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant Wilcox fought at 2nd Bull Run where he lost his left eye. The young officer convalesced and became Adjutant of the 1st Michigan before joining the Veteran Reserve Corps in September 1863 rising to the rank of Captain when this photograph was taken. Notice the scars from the August 1862 wound as well as the replacement glass eye.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1860’s, [carte de visite portrait of Capt. Irving F. Wilcox, 1st Michigan and Veteran Reserve Corps, post injury], Matthew Brady

Flowing ink inscription on verso reads, “Yours Truly/I F Wilcox/14th Regt. VRC.” Wilcox enlisted in the 1st Michigan as Company A. First Sergeant in July 1861 and was present at Gaines Mill where he was wounded. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant Wilcox fought at 2nd Bull Run where he lost his left eye. The young officer convalesced and became Adjutant of the 1st Michigan before joining the Veteran Reserve Corps in September 1863 rising to the rank of Captain when this photograph was taken. Notice the scars from the August 1862 wound as well as the replacement glass eye.

via Cowan’s Auctions

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