Civil War Tintypes
Identified Tintype Terrance Connell 4th New York Infantry
This tintype is a 1/6 plate size specimen of early photography and shows a young and uniformed Civil War soldier. The tintype is protected and stored in a splint case. The soldier is identified as Terrance Connell. At twenty-three years old, Connell enlisted on May 2, 1861 in New York as a private. He enlisted for two years of service in the Union Army. Connell was mustered into Company E, 4th New York Infantry (also known as the "Brooklyn Guards") by Captain William B. Parisen. This unit was commanded by Colonel Edward McKean Hudson. During his service, Connell fought at Antietam and Fredericksburg. Connell was later promoted to the rank of corporal. He was discharged in May 1863.
In the image, Terrance Connell is wearing a frock coat, a waist belt with oval "US" plate, and a shako with initials BG gold painted highlights. Buttons, breastplate and belt plate are gilded. He stands at the position of "Attention." He is holding a Springfield Model 1861, based on the weapon's style. No rank devices are visible on the coat. Image surface does have some scratches or blemishes. There is a minor bend in the split case. A small modern typed paper tag is attached to the backside of the case cover, used for identification purposes. A fine, New York Civil War soldier's identified tintype. Choice Extremely Fine.
For more information on Terrance Connell, 4th New York Infantry, please see:
Muster-in Rolls on file in the Adjutant General's Office, S. N. Y., (Albany, N. Y.: Comstock & Cassidy, Printers, 1864).