|A 1/9-plate ambrotype of an officer in my Civil War collection.|
Civil War photographers sometimes etched the name and even the regiment of a soldier on the reverse of a tintype or on a protective mat for the photo before putting it in a decorative miniature case. Or sometimes a soldier or relative slipped a piece of paper with an ID of the subject inside the case holding the photo. In the case of this 1/9-plate ambrotype in my Civil War collection, no such identification exists. That decreases the value of the photo to collectors, but more importantly, the soldier's name is lost to history.