*** Fred Newcomb and Wolcott Daboll








Civil War school boys
Figure 1.--This 1862 CDV is one of the earliest dated CDVs we have archived on HBC. It is a Civil War school scene. The portrait shows two school chums, Fred Newcomb and Wolcott Daboll. The boys are posed in Civil War style uniforms and muskets. One boy has a bayonet attached. The uniforms have a star on the chest. The boys attended the Hill St. School, we believe in New London, Connecticut.

Fred Newcomb and Wolcott Daboll (United States, 1862)

This wonderful 1862 CDV is one of the earliest dated CDVs we have archived on HBC. It is a Civil War school scene. The portrait shows two school chums, Fred Newcomb and Wolcott Daboll, perhaps cousins. The boys are posed in Civil War style uniforms and muskets. One boy has a bayonet added. The uniforms have a star on the chest. The boys attended the Hill St. School, we believe in New London, Connecticut. We believe this was a private school. This and the elaborate uniforms suggest to us that the boys came from an affluent family. The uniforms suggest that the school was a military school, but wedon't think this was the case. The uniforms seem more a kind of patriotic exercise, perhaps used for drill. The boys were part of Star Company company as in a small military unit. We think this was a fairly small school, but there were presumably other companies. We are not sure about that. The photographer was Morgan & Bolles in New London.







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