JOHN F. APPLETON
Signed Carte de Visite, showing him in uniform
Carte de Visite signed: "Jno. F. Appleton" on verso. Sepia, 2½x4
overall, image 2¼x3½ (two surfaces). Internal Revenue 3-cent stamp picturing
Washington on verso above photographer's imprint: "Black & Case/Photographic
Artists/Boston/& Newport, R.I." John Francis Appleton (1838-1870) was
mustered into service as commander of Company H, 12th Maine Volunteer Infantry
in 1861. Leading an assault on Port Hudson, Appleton was the first atop the
parapet, so impressing a Confederate officer by his bravery that the Confederate
ordered his men not to fire on him. He became Colonel of the 81st Regiment
U.S. Colored Infantry, which was organized at Port Hudson, Louisiana on
September 2, 1863. The unit was charged with garrison duty at Port Hudson until
April 1864. At that time, its name was changed to the 81st United States
Colored Troops. Appleton was brevetted Brigadier General of U.S.
Volunteers on March 13, 1865. Scratches from original negative have
reproduced at background. Creased at tip of lower left blank corner. Slightly
soiled. Fine condition.
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BRIGADIER GENERAL JOHN F. APPLETON
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