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[David, Gerard Victor Rachal]
[SIGNED CARTE DE VISITE PHOTOGRAPH OF GERARD VICTOR RACHAL DAVID, A MIXED RACE AMERICAN WHO FOUGHT FOR THE UNION IN THE CIVIL WAR AS A SERGEANT IN THE 73rd U.S. COLORED INFANTRY]
New Orleans: E.W. Mealy's Photograph Gallery, 1865. Carte de visite photograph on printed card mount, 4 x 2 1/2 inches. Light wear. Inscribed on verso, along with revenue stamp and ink stamp (see below). Very good. A carte de visite photograph featuring Gerard Victor Rachal David (ca.1840-1914), a mixed- race man born on a Louisiana plantation, who apparently served with Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War. In this photograph David is shown in a simple studio standing beside a small chair, wearing his long Union army coat with his sergeant's rank indicated by three chevrons on each arm. He has inscribed the verso of the mount: "Yours truly, G.V.R. David, 1st Sergt Co. A, 73 USCI," and there is a manicule and the word "Look," a revenue stamp (2 cents), and an additional ink stamp reading "G.V.R. David." According to his 1902 pension application, David enlisted in the 73rd U.S. Colored Infantry under the alias Belisaire David. He appears as Sergeant Belisaire David on the rolls of the 73rd, but usually went by the name Victor in civilian life. He was variously described in the census and other records as white, mulatto, or black. He may even be the same Belisaire David who had previously served in 1st Regiment of the Native Guards, Louisiana Militia (Confederate). He lived with his planter father Hypolite in St. Landry Parish for the 1850 census. David survived the war, and was farming in Natchitoches in 1900 and 1910; his widow applied for pension benefits in 1914. Elias W. Mealy (1833-1908) whose studio produced this portrait, had a notable history. B … [Click Below for Full Description]
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