Signed CDV of Lt. Col. Casper W. Tyler, 141st Pennsylvania, WIA at Gettysburg


Featured here is a wonderful and rare signed CDV of Lt. Col. Casper W. Tyler of the 141st Pennsylvania, WIA at Gettysburg. He was severely wounded during the bitter fighting in the wheatfield. CDV signed on recto by Tyler. Backmark of I.B. Hazleton, Montrose, PA. There is some minor foxing. Otherwise very fine. The sentiment and signature are a bit uneven, but it appears to be the result of some oil on the card. Superb item for the avid Gettysburg collector. This incredible piece is accompanied by copious research and copies of his battle reports.

 Casper W. Tyler was born in Montrose, Susquehanna Co., PA in 1837. He attended private schools and learned the printing trade, which he practiced while studying law. Just as war broke out, he moved to St. Paul, but returned in the summer of 1862 to assist raising a company of volunteers. The unit joined the 141st PA Vol. Infy. and headed for Washington, DC. The unit arrived at the end of August and was immediately thrown into the second fight at Manassas. The unit was assigned to the Army of the Potomac and was engaged in most of the major battles in the East.

They arrived at Gettysburg late in the day on July 1. The following morning they took up the position to the right of the Peach Orchard on the angle of Sickles’ line. In this exposed position, it sustained 70% loss July 2 -killed, wounded and missing. Over the two days, the unit lost 149 of the 198 men who fought early on the 2nd. Casper Tyler was among that number, severely wounded in the wheatfield.

After his recovery, Tyler returned to the field, having been elected major for his actions. With the action at Petersburg, he became Lt. Col. of the reg’t. He was forced to resign for health reasons just before Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House. Among the 39 original officers of the unit, only 7 were remaining during the siege of Petersburg. It was engaged in all of the final battles during the spring of 1865 and mustered out at Washington in May.

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