This fine carte-de-visite (CDV) has just been offered for sale by Hindman Auctions. It’s of Major James Lyman Van Buren, and accompanies his saber and belt, insignia, and other photographs, all from the Collection of Bruce B. Hermann.

The Major was on General Burnside’s staff at Antietam and had distinguished staff service through the war, ending at the brevet rank of Brigadier General of Volunteers. He died soon after mustering out in 1866 of a bacterial infection of his liver, just 28 years old. He was a cousin of President Martin Van Buren.

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