William Brosius Company J 187thPennsylvania Vol. Infantry

For my birthday my friend Sam gave me a framed picture of what appears to be an old man giving you the finger with an American Flag behind him. Turns out it is a photo of William Brosius of Co. J 187th Regiment Pennsylvania Vol. Infantry. He was wounded July 30th 1864 in the left hand on Plank Road in Petersburg Virginia. With the photo came a copy of a Civil War Award giving by G.A.R. Post No. 17 saying that he was indeed wounded in the left hand at Petersburg Virginia . The G.A.R post was located in Harrisburg Pennsylvania; I assume he lived in or around Harrisburg.

The photo has William sitting in front of a 48 star flag (Arizona entered the Union Feb. 12th 1912), William looks to be about 70 years old in the photo. I believe the photo is of William on the 50th anniversary of being wounded, holding his war scared hand up to the camera.

The weird thing about the photo is that it is laminated on the glass and it almost looks like a negative, but when you hold it up to the light it has color in it, in fact the American Flag is RED, White and Blue. I think it may be a glass panel for a lantern light from the turn of the century.

Whatever reason it was made for, I don’t care. IT’S VERY COOL! I think eventually I will mount it in a frame that has a 2” deep reveal on the back side so I can put a light behind it and turn the color on and off.

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  1. My great great grandfather lived in Elizabeth NJ for sometime. He was buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery in Pottsville, PA, along side his wife Emma . He was involved in the seige of Petersburg June 16 to September 22 attached to the first brigade First Division, 5th Corps, Jerusalem Plunk Road, Weldon Railroad, June 21 to 23. Here he was wounded by a gunshot in the left hand. Mini explosion, July 30, Weldon Railroad Aug 18 to 21 at garrison. I have the original certificate and William’s original photo framed and hanging on my den wall. We have visited the cemetery and have a photo of his tombstone in desperate need of repair.

    Our research also revealed he had escort duty at Camp Calwalder, Philadelphia, PA, and provost duty at other points in PA until August 1863. Guard of Honor over remains of President Lincoln in Independence Hall in Philadelphia and escort to funeral cortege May 1865.

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