Rare original CDV of John Osborn Milne (1839-1907) and his wife Minnie Bronson.
Milne was a Civil War veteran, photographer and politician. He was born in Massachusetts, but when the war broke out he was working in far Northern Minnesota, possibly on his own claim there. Upon receiving the news from a stagecoach driver, he trekked 150-200 miles on foot to St. Paul and enlisted, joining the 1st Minnesota Infantry. Milne was severely wounded in July 1861 at the First Battle of Bull Run, taken prisoner, and held at the notorious Libby Prison for several months before being sent back home to Fall River in a prisoner exchange.
The 1861 Fall River business directory shows him working as a photographer at 16 Main Street in that city.... so I believe he opened his studio in October-December 1861. In Fall River he met Minnie and they married on November 25, 1863. He operated the gallery until the late-1860s to 1870, at which time he closed shop and moved his family back to Minnesota (Sauk Centre). While in Minnesota he was twice elected to the state senate, and later, when living in Duluth, was elected president of the board of education.
CDV is 4" x 2.5" and in very good antique condition. The studio imprint on the back is his own, "J. Osborn Milne & Co., Artists, 16 Main Street, Fall River, Mass".