25 year old 2nd Lieutenant George A Galligan, Company I, 17th Michigan Infantry was mortally wounded in combat at Fox’s Gap on South Mountain on the evening of 14 September 1862 and died 9 or 10 days later, probably in a field hospital in Middletown, MD.

Other than basic military service information, I’ve not found much about George after 1850, when he lived on his parent’s Michigan farm, except to find a pair of intriguing photographs accompanying his (above) in the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs at the Library of Congress:

The archivist has titled them, respectively, as Relative of Second Lieutenant George Galligan of Co. I, 17th Michigan Infantry Regiment, probably his wife and … probably his daughter. I’ve not been able to find their names.

If you look closely, you’ll see the carpet pattern is the same in all three photographs. The photographer is not identified for George’s portrait, but the mother and daughter’s pictures have the photographer on the back: E.A. Boughton’s Photograph Rooms, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

I’m guessing the freshly commissioned Lieutenant and his family had these taken together before he left Kalamazoo for war in August 1862.

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