Bristol, CT bookkeeper Charles Lyman Taylor enlisted as a Sergeant in the 16th Connecticut Infantry on 29 July 1862 and married Harriet Wenslow Tuttle (1840-1916) about 26 August. There was probably no honeymoon, as he and his regiment left for the war immediately after.

I’d guess these photographs were taken on the occasion of that wedding.

Below are Harriet and her family some years earlier. Harriet and younger brother Edward Hubbard Tuttle (1842-1868); mother Betsey Hubbard (1814-1888) and father Edmund Tuttle (1814-1886), a mechanic and deacon in Meriden, CT. Excellent images, both.


The wedding pictures accompanied a very large collection of the couple’s letters sold at auction by Swann Galleries in 2016. Family genealogist Charles J Christenson shared that pair of Tuttle photographs to the FamilySearch database.

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