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Lot 312: c. 1860-70 Civil War Hand-Painted Albumen Photograph Captain Charles W. Keyes

Presidential Election Auction - Early American History Auctions

by Early American

29 October 2016

Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

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  • c. 1860-70 Civil War Hand-Painted Albumen Photograph Captain Charles W. Keyes
  • c. 1860-70 Civil War Hand-Painted Albumen Photograph Captain Charles W. Keyes
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Description: Civil War Photos
Painted Photograph Identified as Union Captain Charles W. Keyes Twice Noted For Gallant and Meritorious Service
c. 1860-70 Civil War Era, Hand-Painted Albumen Photograph, Identified to Captain Charles W. Keyes, 28th ME, 2nd ME, & 32nd ME, no date, place or maker, Choice Extremely Fine.


This original Hand-Painted Albumen Photograph of Brevet Captain Charles W. Keyes handsomely dressed in his formal military uniform. There is a pencil identification on the verso, this oval displayed image measures 5.5" x 7.5" (sight oval-length portrait), 10" x 12" overall, matted, framed, and glazed to 15" x 17" within its ornately decorative gold painted wooden period frame having slight wear. The Photograph is nicely housed within its frame more recently by a professional, so the photograph verso can be accessed if desired. A beautiful Civil War Officer Portrait, with fresh crisp colors and detail, ready to be hung on display.

Charles W. Keyes (1831-1906) of Franklin County, ME, enlisted as a Sergeant in Co. B, 28th Maine Infantry in Oct. 1862, and served as a hospital steward. After mustering out in Aug. 1863, Keyes enlisted the second time in Co. F, 2nd Maine Cavalry in Dec. 1863, but was discharged for promotion in March 1864. Keyes received a commission as First Lieut. of Co. E, 32nd Maine Infantry in April 1864, and was soon at the front, participating in the battles of Wilderness as well as Spotsylvania Court House, where he received a wound, which resulted days later in the loss of his left foot. After being discharged in Sept. 1864, he again enlisted as a 2nd Lieut., Co. F., Maine Coast Guard Artillery, and served in a battery near Belfast, ME, until after the war closed. He was discharged in July 1865. Keyes continued to serve in the US Army from July 1866 through December 1870. In March 1867, Keyes received the brevet of First Lieut. for gallant and meritorious service at Fort Butler, LA, and the brevet of Capt. for his service at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Charles W. Keyes (1831-1906), born in Wilton, Franklin County, ME, enlisted as a Sergeant in Co. B, 28th Maine Infantry in Oct. 1862, and served as a hospital steward. After mustering out in Aug. 1863, Keyes enlisted the second time in Co. F, 2nd Maine Cavalry in Dec. 1863, but was discharged for promotion in March 1864.

Keyes received a commission as First Lieut. of Co. E, 32nd Maine Infantry in April 1864, and was soon at the front, participating in the battles of Wilderness as well as Spotsylvania Court House, where he received a wound, which resulted days later in the loss of his left foot. After being discharged in Sept. 1864, he again enlisted as a 2nd Lieut., Co. F., Maine Coast Guard Artillery, and served in a battery near Belfast, ME, until after the war closed. He was discharged in July 1865. He continued to serve in the US Army from July 1866 through December 1870.

In March 1867, Keyes received the brevet of First Lieut. for gallant and meritorious service at Fort Butler, LA, and the brevet of Capt. for his service at Spotsylvania Court House, VA. After retiring from the Army, Keyes purchased the Farmington (Maine) Chronicle and oversaw the newspaper for about 12 years.


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