CDV of Civil War hero Strong Vincent (1837-1863). Vincent appears seated in the double-breasted coat usually worn by field-grade officers complete with colonel's insignia. Credited to Dolph Bros., Erie, PA beneath photograph and on verso.
A graduate of Harvard, Vincent was practicing law in Erie, PA at the outbreak of the Civil War. He enlisted on April 21, 1861 and was commissioned as second lieutenant. After fulfilling his three-month service, Vincent reenlisted and became lieutenant colonel of the 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry. Briefly sidelined by malaria, he returned to his regiment in December, just in time for the Battle of Fredericksburg. In the summer of 1863, Vincent was given command of the brigade and was asked to cover Little Round Top in the Gettysburg Campaign. His defensive line held, but despite his gallantry during the battle, Vincent sustained mortal wounds and died on July 7, 1863.