Lt. Col. Francis Edwin Pierce, carte-de-visite by R. B. Appleby, Rochester, New York, 1860s, verso
This item is from the Seville Collection of the National Museum of American History’s Photographic History Collection. The collection was donated by Smithsonian employee Marian Wells Seville in 1931. Seville worked as a library cataloguer and library assistant for the Smithsonian. Her father was Captain Seville, who served with the 1st Delaware Volunteers during the Civil War. Throughout the war, he obtained carte-de-visites of the men he served with, and eventually wrote, The History of the First Regiment, Delaware Volunteers: From the Commencement of the “Three Month’s Service” to the Final Muster Out at the Close of the Rebellion, in 1884. Today, these portraits of Civil War soldiers help us create a more personal understanding of the war.