There’s surely a story behind these two cards from Private Joseph McCarty’s Compiled Service Records at the US National Archives, but I haven’t found any more details about them or Joseph. I’ll leave these here with hopes to hear more one day …

Deserted 8 Sept.’63 under sentence of death at Richmond, for murder.

And here he is, held by Federal troops at Libby Prison, Richmond as a deserter, the day after General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia in April 1865.

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